Tizen, the joint venture between Intel and Samsung is yet to bare fruit to a device, but Ars Technica has managed to get hands of two videos that show a device that s running an unfinished version of Tizen 2.0 running what it calls Intel s Obsidian UI, which is a skin for the OS.
We had earlier reported about Samsung planning to release a phone running on Tizen, an open-sourced project formed by merging Samsung s Bada and the remnants of Nokia s MeeGo. Now the folks at Yonhap report that Samsung is reportedly planning to scrap its Bada OS altogether and merge it with Tizen.
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.
Samsung became the world s top mobile phone manufacturer largely due to its focus on Android and the success of its Galaxy line of smartphones. But that does not mean its loyalties are fully entrenched in Android. It makes Windows Phones devices as well, along with Bada. Last year it merged Bada with MeeGo and formed a new open OS Tizen. It even held a developer conference for Tizen and today Japan's Daily Yomuiri claims that Samsung is going to release its first Tizen based smartphone in 2013.
A group of former Nokia employees who worked in the MeeGo development team have formed a start-up called Jolla where they plan to build smartphones for the abandoned but critically acclaimed MeeGo operating system Nokia had employed on the N9. Marc Dillon who worked in Nokia for almost 11 years and most recently was the principle engineer behind the MeeGo OS will lead the company.
Of late we have seen quite a bit of Tizen. Sure, we have been impressed with its capabilities, but the problem was building a developer and OEMs ecosystem. If a DigiTimes report is to believed then the love child of Intel's MeeGo and Samsung's Bada might have crossed one hurdle. Apparently, HTC, Acer and Asus are making Tizen based devices that include smartphones and netbooks and these devices could ship as soon as Q3 of 2012.
The first smartphone running on Tizen OS is finally here, albeit it will never be launched commercially. Samsung handed out this reference design device to developers at the Tizen Developer Conference. The device is said to feature a 4.3-inch 1024x720 pixels display and a 1.2GHz dual-core ARM processor, which is ironic considering Intel is pushing the OS, which essentially is whatever is left of MeeGo after Nokia gave it the boot in favor of Windows Phone. Samsung, which wants to be across all available smartphone platforms, is the biggest handset vendor backing Tizen and could merge it with its own Bada OS.
A new updated version of Tizen's source code and SDK has been released and Samsung has done the honors of announcing this news. Just for the sake of introduction, Tizen is an Intel-backed open source platform which will power smartphones and tablets of various device manufacturers in future, when completely developed. This new beta version features an updated UI and web APIs for easier development of web applications. Also, Tizen's SDK now supports Windows along with Ubuntu to provide developers a greater choice in managing their projects.
Samsung has officially announced that the company hasn't made any decision on the Samsung Bada and Intel's Tizen merger yet. This statement comes three days after when Tae-Jin Kang, senior VP for Samsung s Contents Planning team had told Forbes that the Bada and the Tizen merger was already underway. However, the company has now