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Mid-range model will also launch; both phones will target developing markets

Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KRX:005930) (KRX:005935) is expected to launch a smartphone in May that runs a Linux kernel-based competitor to Google Inc.'s (GOOG) ubiquitous Android smartphone operating system.  The phone's performance sales-wise will be closely watched, given that Samsung is Google's largest volume partner for Android.  
 
I. Tizen Creeps Close
 
The new smartphone platform is dubbed "Tizen".  Many believe that Samsung views Tizen as a path to cornering more mobile profits for itself, amid growing dissatisfaction with having to share a cut of mobile advertising revenue with Google.
 
In the wearables market, Samsung has already embraced Tizen.  

Tizen Samsung
Samsung is preparing to launch its first Tizens-powered Linux smartphones.
[Image Source: beritateknologi]

The upcoming Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches will both be powered by the Samsung co-developed operating system.

Samsung Gear 2 Neo

According to Samsung Electronics' SVP Yoon Han-Kil, chief of product strategy, told reporters with the International Business Times and other publications that Samsung will launch a "high-end" smartphone powered by Tizen near the end of Q2 2014, next month in May.  A mid-range targeted Tizen smartphone is also expected to roll out before the end of Q2.
 
II. The Path to Tizen
 
The path to Tizen was winding and wild.  The roots of Tizen trace back to a pair of mobile operating system projects -- one at Intel Corp. (INTC), one at Finland's Nokia Oyj. (HEX:NOK1V) (Maemo).  Together the joint OS effort was dubbed Meego.
 
But after the 2010 launch of the Meego project, it never saw traction, as Nokia instead opted to go with Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) Windows Phone operating system for its mobile future.  After it officially dropped out of the Meego collaboration in early 2011, Intel opted to shack up with the Samsung Linux Platform (SLP), which was relaunched as Tizen.
Tizen

Tizen is thought to incorporate some of Intel's technology from Meego, but it is directly derived from SLP, not Meego.

Tizen phone
Tizen in the wild on a Samsung prototype device [Image Source: Indonesia Tizen]

The high-end model launching next month is thought to be codenamed SM-Z9005 and will launch at an event in Russia, according to the blog Indonesia Tizen.  Tizen product will first be used by Samsung to target developing markets such as Russia, Brazil, China, India, and Indonesia.
 
The higher-end first-generation Tizen phone is expected to resemble last year's Android-powered flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S4.

Galaxy S4
The high-end Tizen device is expected to be based on last year's flagship Android, the Galaxy S4. [Image Source: AP]

While the initial implementation of Tizen is heavily geared towards mobile from an API, UI, and applications front, Samsung hopes to also use the Tizen OS to drives its Smart TVs and appliances, showcasing its ability to extend outside the mobile space.
 
Samsung is not alone in the Tizen effort.  Tizen's other major OEM backer is China's Huawei Technology Comp., Ltd. (SHE:002502).  Tizen is also backed by a variety of chipmakers, software firms, and telecoms.



Huawei, one of the world's fastest growing smartphone makers, is approaching the project from a similar position as Samsung -- currently it depends on Android, but it would like to use Tizen across part of its line to cut out the middleman (Google) and corner more profit for itself.

Sources: Tizen Indonesia, IB Times



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By retrospooty on 4/28/2014 5:40:44 PM , Rating: 2
LOL... That would be my guess too, but my mind is open to it.

I always say this... I use Android now because it is the best platform available today for a tech-junkie, gadget whore like me. I don't think we will still be using Android in 10-15 years time and I welcome the day when something else comes along and topples Android from the top of the heap. Why? Because the only way to do that is if the other platform is better - so we all win. It probably wont be Tizen, but eventually something will come along... Or Android will keep improving and stay on top. Either way, better stuff for us.


By Reclaimer77 on 4/28/2014 8:06:52 PM , Rating: 2
The reason Samsung phones have "bloat" is because they have to offer Google Apps as WELL as their alternatives to the Google apps that Samsung wants people to use.

So no, I don't see why Tizen would be "bloated", as they wont be forced to use Google's apps ontop of their own.


By retrospooty on 4/28/2014 10:35:13 PM , Rating: 2
/facepalm. Wha?

They have to offer their own alternatives with crappy apps like S voice? The rest are 90% crap too. That is internal agenda crap like MS has been pulling lately. There is no have to, they chose to. Worse than that they put so much in that its slows down the whole phone. There is no excuse forcthat, its just piss poor engineering.


By retrospooty on 4/28/2014 10:39:37 PM , Rating: 2
BTW, this was all over last week. As many Samsung phones that are out there, no one uses the lousy apps.

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/04/22/study-samsu...


RE: I wonder how Samsung will implement Tizen...
By atechfan on 4/29/2014 8:32:07 AM , Rating: 2
Is it because the Samsung apps are really bad, or because they just duplicate functionality that the Google apps do better?


By retrospooty on 4/29/2014 9:02:44 AM , Rating: 2
They are doubly bad. They aren't nearly as good as the Google defaults, they run constantly in the background and cause horrible bloat/lag that gives the entire Android platform a black eye. It's WAY beyond ridiculous. Root it and remove all the Samsung apps and they are actually really fast phones, up there with the best of them.


By Labotomizer on 5/5/2014 5:12:04 PM , Rating: 2
Yup, I agree. They're bad AND there are already better alternatives bundled in. Which makes it doubly a slap in the face. The fact that holding search went to SVoice instead of Google Now is absurd. Google Now had pretty good voice recognition, even in a car driving down the road. SVoice might work in a library if you shouted...


RE: I wonder how Samsung will implement Tizen...
By rountad on 4/29/2014 1:15:51 PM , Rating: 2
The report said that U.S. users of Samsung’s Galaxy S3 and S4 smartphones logged an average of six seconds per month using ChatON, compared to more than 11 hours per month on Facebook and about two hours per month on Instagram.

It's six seconds per month because that is how long it takes the average user to force quit the app!


By retrospooty on 4/30/2014 8:44:14 AM , Rating: 2
"It's six seconds per month because that is how long it takes the average user to force quit the app!"

LOL... Exactly. And its only running in the background in first place because it auto launches when one wanted it to. So irritating.


By Reclaimer77 on 4/29/2014 9:59:03 AM , Rating: 2
Retro take a pill.

Of course I didn't literally mean they "have to". Have to, want to, whatever same diff. You know what I meant. I can't edit posts!!!

My REAL point was, I don't see Tizen having "bloat" because they'll be less duplicate apps...


By retrospooty on 4/29/2014 10:27:53 AM , Rating: 2
I hope not... I also hope they fix the bloatware on their Android models.


By Labotomizer on 5/5/2014 5:14:38 PM , Rating: 2
Hardware makers rarely make a good transition into software. HP on the consumer front, Samsung, Sony. Just think about the absolute garbage interfaces they'd try to get on desktops. They see Android as the place to do the same thing on a mobile device. And very, very rarely are their add-ons better than the core experience. On any platform.

The only reason I kept TouchWiz was for the S-Pen.


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