With Samsung reportedly planning to pull the plug on Bada OS by next year, the Korean company will be able to allocate more resources to its fledgling Tizen mobile operating system.
Tizen is a new open source mobile platform that Samsung and Intel have been developing under the Tizen Association umbrella. But mind you, it’s not an exclusive association of the two giants — Sprint has also joined the club recently and promised to carry Tizen devices in its future phone lineup. So, what’s new on the Tizen front?
OpenMobile is a company that provides an intermediary layer that allows application designed for one platform to run on another. It seems OpenMobile has worked its magic on Tizen OS, by making Android apps compatible to run on the new platform. The demo video shows various Android apps, such as Facebook, Winamp, and some games, running on Tizen OS. From what we can see, the apps seem to run without any noticeable lag, which corresponds nicely to OpenMobile’s claim of a 100% compatibility.
Introducing yet another platform to the masses won’t be an easy task. But from the looks of it, at least Tizen OS won’t have to deal with the problem of not having enough apps when the first Tizen-powered devices finally hit the market. That is provided Samsung can work out a deal with OpenMobile to integrate its “Application Compatibility Layer” technology into Tizen.
Speaking of Tizen-powered devices, in case you missed it the first time around, Samsung recently unveiled a phone prototype running Tizen OS with some not-too-shabby specs, which include a dual-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor, 1GB RAM, and possibly a Super AMOLED HD Plus display with 1280 x 720 resolution. The latter is something that even the Galaxy S3 doesn’t have.
Are you excited about the possible entrance of Tizen OS-devices into the mobile market? Do you think the mobile OS space is already crowded enough as it is?