Rumors about Tizen operating system have been circulating ever since the work on this new platform began in 2011. In May 2012 the development reached 1.0 status. Samsung this week confirmed that it will release phones with Tizen by the end of this year, and depending on how the market reacts, it will expand the lineup.
Being world’s largest seller of mobile phones, Samsung apparently felt threatened by Google and Motorola partnership and initiated work on a new operating system which would make an alternative for Android platform. Tizen is a version of Linux that is being developed by Samsung and Intel, with support from Huawei, Sprint, LiMo, and The Linux Foundation. The new handsets will provide an opportunity for Samsung to reduce its dependence on Google and offer more diversity in terms of smartphone operating system.
There is still a lot of uncertainty about where this platform will fit into Samsung’s future lineup. After short announcement that the company will launch Tizen phones, no more details came concerning either model specifications, prices or carriers. Some rumors even suggest that the next Galaxy S handset could be a Tizen device. Of course, we will let you know, as soon as we find out anything new.