Bloomberg: Samsung says they’ll release “competitive Tizen devices” this year

by: ŠtefanJanuary 3, 2013

Samsung sent Bloomberg an email today with a one sentence statement that said the South Korean handset maker will release “new” and “competitive” Tizen devices (as in multiple) this year. For those who need a refresher, and many of you probably do, here’s how Tizen was born. Intel wanted to give their customers, the companies who make computers, an alternative to Microsoft’s Windows platform, so they started writing this Linux based operating system called Moblin. While they were doing that, Nokia was busy in Finland writing their own Linux based operating system called Maemo.

The two got together and agreed they should join forces. They renamed their combined efforts MeeGo. Nokia then got a new CEO, Stephen Elop, who decided to throw everything out the window and bet the farm on Windows Phone. In other words, Nokia told Intel they don’t care about MeeGo anymore.

This is where Samsung comes in. They called up Intel, said they’ll take Nokia’s place, but they want to rename the project Tizen. While all this was going on, Samsung was also building yet another Linux based operating system called Bada. Samsung decided to ditch Bada, and merge whatever work they did on it with Tizen.

Got it? Good.

Now the important question: Why exactly is Samsung trying to get a new platform off the ground when everyone loves Android? The answer is surprisingly simple. Samsung doesn’t want to be reliant on Google. In much the same way that Nokia is practically run by Microsoft, Samsung doesn’t want to be in the same position with Google.

For all we know, Tizen could very well be an elaborate ruse constructed by Samsung to give them an upper hand while sitting at the negotiating table with Andy Rubin. But let’s be serious, does anyone honestly think Samsung can design an OS that’s better than Android?

We don’t.

  • cycad007

    It doesn’t matter what kind of OS Samsung builds. What matters are the apps and ecosystem that support the OS. Who can live without Google services (Google, Google Maps, YouTube, etc.)? Samsung Tizen doesn’t have any killer apps. In fact, Samsung users will have less than Blackberry….nevermind iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

    The reason why Google kept Motorola was to hedge against Samsung Bada/Tizen. Now Google should end its technical cooperation with Samsung. Why keep helping strengthening an OEM who wants to take marketshare away from your product (Android)?

    • kascollet

      Google can’t forget about Samsung devices users : there business is focused on the mass of users able to use their services (same for iOS platform).

    • carlisimo

      This could also be a reaction to Google buying Motorola.

  • Nessim

    Go sammy go!
    Google has become more and more arrogant with its NExus line especially N4 with them ignoring what ppl really want (removable battery, sd slot, USB OTG, solid phone, …) plus android is not so open now that google thretened acer to be banned if acer help to create a new fork for android. Forking is part of openess and Google failed me.
    Go sammy go

  • Ryan MORGAN

    Why are Samsung creating Tizen when they already have Bada?

    • cycad007

      Samsung killed Bada….they are now supporting Tizen

  • ryq24

    samsung is trying to come up with a back up plan in case their relationship with andoid turn sour especially now that google owns motorola.

    • Mike Reid

      I agree. A responsible business makes backup plans & can always use more leverage for negotiations.

      Samsung has such a huge chunk of the Android market now that the Google/Samsung relationship is very important.

      That said, it would take years and LOTS of money to get Tizen where Android is now.

  • quisaz_haderah

    Thats good. I wish them luck. But i bought the Razr I and i got to tell ya…..that phone is amazing. I hope we see some awsome phones from Moto in the near future

  • faf

    Hopefully no one buys this so that Samsung will limit this OS to low-end phones. Please don’t go away from Android, Samsung =(

  • castlefox

    Since this is based on Linux I hope this gives android some good competition. I just hope its FOSS

  • Jon

    Samsung can go and support this Tizen nonsense as long as they continue to make Android compatible devices, such as their Galaxy note line. That is all I care about. I can say I will never use Tizen, and I will stick to “Samdroid” products.

    The day Samdroid no longer exists is the day I give up on smart/super phones and go back to a flip phone. I refuse to go back to iOS and I dislike the feel of HTCs, Sony’s, and Motodroids in my hand.

  • sat

    I heared Tizen supports android apps,is tht true?

    • sammmy

      sure they do, why wouldn’t they.

  • Samsung produces Win phones as well, and that hasn’t hurt them in producing Android phones. They will continue to make whatever phones makes them money, regardless of what OS is on it. Hell, I’m not surprised if they even make an Ubuntu phone or even Firefox OS phone in the future. They’ll cover every market and every price point. They even make Chromebooks and Win 8 computers and Win 8 tabs/Android tabs. It’s what they do.