Samsung has confirmed it will sell Tizen-based smartphones in 2013 according to a report by Bloomberg. While the company did not confirm models and specifications of the handsets in question, it confirmed that devices based on the new platform will be launched later this year. This comes a few days after a Japanese daily had reported about Samsung’s plans to release a Tizen-based smartphone in Japan with NTT DoCoMo as its carrier partner.
The move comes at uncertain times considering Google’s acquisition of Motorola and rumors of the company developing the ‘X-Phone’ to take on Apple’s iPhone. While Google has maintained it would not give any advantage to Motorola over its other Android hardware partners, the seeds of distrust have been sown.
Samsung tied up with Intel last year to merge its Bada platform with Intel’s MeeGo operating system. However, no commercial smartphones have come up so far as a result of the partnership. Samsung has always maintained it would launch smartphones across available platforms but has so far favored Android as its workhorse operating system. While the Korean giant has announced the Ativ S running on Windows Phone 8, it has not really pushed the device as much as its award-winning Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II, both of which run Android.
However, it seems that Samsung is seriously considering phasing out Android in favor of Tizen if the situation with Motorola under Google continues. “We plan to release new, competitive Tizen devices within this year and will keep expanding the lineup depending on market conditions,” Samsung said in an emailed statement to Bloomberg.
This year is turning out to be pretty chaotic with multiple platforms vying for the third smartphone operating system of choice. Only yesterday Canonical announced its Ubuntu platform for smartphones and RIM will launch its BlackBerry 10 platform on January 30, which it might license to other players. Microsoft is also attempting to grab its share in the smartphone space with its Windows Phone 8 platform driven by Nokia’s range of Lumia devices.