Samsung moves forward with Tizen operating system

by: Nate SwannerJanuary 1, 2013


It seems as though Samsung, one of the biggest names associated with the budding Tizen operating system, is planning to release phones with Japanese carrier DoCoMo in early 2013. Tizen, the open source platform notable for having Samsung and Intel leading the way, recently released version 2.0 of their OS, codenamed Magnolia.

The Tizen project is headed by DoCoMo, the only of Japan’s major three carriers to not carry the iPhone. Between a dipping number in subscribers and the fear of the “hegemony” Apple and Android utilize, DoCoMo will carry Tizen phones in an attempt to gain back some of the lost customers. In November, cancelled subscriptions outpaced new additions for the first time in five years.

Android makes up about 68% of the global market, with an additional 17% using Apple’s iOS. Blackberry is still holding on with roughly 5%. That leaves about 10% of the market in the “other” category, where Nokia’s Symbian and Windows make up 9% of that category. If we examine the Japanese market similarly, Android has about 64%, Apple has 32%, Windows has 3% and the “other” category takes the remaining 1%.

The Tizen project may be a good long-term bet, but with a 1% margin for entry into a very stiff market, it doesn’t look good. The fact that people fled the Japanese provider en masse, due in large part to the fact they don’t carry iPhones, may signal the Japanese market rather enjoys the Android and iOS “hegemony”. We’ll keep an eye on the situation to see how it continues to play out.

  • HellG

    Samsung is showing Google the finger…
    Good job samsung after android helped you become what you are now, enjoy the fall you will have because of your greed just like Nokia had and apple will have soon
    You’re next samsung….

    • artemis

      eh ? lol.. :D
      Eric Schmidt talked closely with samsung last september. no way it will betray google.

      samsung never tied to one OS, it has used bada, winmo, wp, android.. same with other company like sony, lg, huawei, htc, zte, etc..

  • Cass Morrison

    Or Samsung is being proactive as Google moves forward with the Motorola phones. Samsung’s always had multiple and proprietary OSs. Why stop now?

    • Rohan Thota

      multiple OS’s lead to fail and fall of samsung in the past !!!!
      let it fall anyway …….they will learn

    • HellG

      If you said that a year ago i would have believed you…
      When Motorola was bought by google china has made strict conditions to allow the deal mainly 1.Android must remain open source and free 2.Google must not favor Motorola over any other android OEM
      Which is more than an assurance to Samsung as China hates Google and wouldn’t hesitate for a sec to give it a huge fine!
      Samsung want to update their phones when they want to and stop making stupid claims like that the phone cant HANDLE the update so by making their own OS they can really support that claim that the OS can’t handle it!
      Bye bye samsung….Follow the path of the others and you will fall

  • Mike

    Finally the real Linux :D

    • the real Linux will probably be Jolla OS

      • shapefilter

        yeah I’m also waiting for jolla’s meego sailfish ^^

  • Your logic makes no sense. Tizen doesn’t have a 1% margin for entry. By definition any product has 0% market share when it’s introduced. That was true of the iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, etc.. The question is how successful can they be convincing existing smartphone users to switch, and new smartphone users to choose their OS.

    Of course that doesn’t make it any easier, but you just pulled that 1% figure out of your ass.

  • abir

    I am all for competing open source OS’s, other than Android do we really have any out there? There are only 2 relevant mobile OS’s out there, android and ios. iOS is Apple so I cant be bothered so that leaves me with android, there are tons of devices to choose from granted but few more choices of OS would be a good thing and for Android itself. Competition leads to innovation and a host of thingies that are beneficial to the cionsumer. So Tizen, Firefox OS, Sailfish and any other open source mobile OS out there I welcome you with open arms

  • cycad007

    Samsung really wants to kick Android to the curb. No surprise there…they want to *OWN* the OS rather than rely on Google. It’ll be interesting to see if they’ll be able to grow Tizen…or be forced to keep working with Google. If I was Google, I’d say ‘Good riddance’.