Samsung, world’s largest manufacturer of Android smartphones, has been busy developing its own mobile OS dubbed Tizen OS. So, when does Samsung Tizen OS is ready for a big hit on the streets? Sooner than you even expected, maybe!
According to latest report published by a top South Korean news agency, Samsung has revealed plans for cutting-down its dependence on Android as well as Google. For this, the South Korean smartphone maker is working to push its in-home mobile OS, the Samsung Tizen OS, into the mobile OS market.
Up until now, only a few Samsung products were based on the Tizen OS, such as the recently-launched Gear S2. With shifting its entire software load on to Tizen OS, Samsung might be able to elevate its position in the smartphone segment with a stronger in-house hardware-software platform. It might also assist Samsung to better rank its position in the mobile software business as well.
Let’s take a brief look at the Samsung Tizen OS mobile platform.
Samsung Tizen OS Highlights
- Based on the open-source Linux kernel and GNU C Library. Written in the modern HTML5 format, with additional coding in C and C++.
- Provides support for a large number of devices, including smartphones, wearables, smart home appliances, and PCs.
- Tizen Association, organization caretaking the mobile OS, includes major tech leaders, including Fujitsu, Intel, Panasonic, and Sprint.
- Tizen OS primarily relies on graphical UI.
- While OS is available as an open-source platform, Tizen SDK is labelled as a closed-source platform.
- Apache Cordova, Bada, River Trail, and Sailfish OS are all Tizen-related projects.
- Initially released on January 5, 2012.
- Latest release v2.4 launched on October 22, 2015.
Samsung sold around 64mn Tizen-based smarphones in the Indian market alone in Q1 2016. The number is very promising when compared to the 1mn shipments that the South Korean smartphone maker made in the same market in the last quarter of 2015.
However, Tizen OS faces a tough challenge from 2 dominant mobile platforms, Android and iOS that makes up for about 90% of the complete mobile market share.
Nonetheless, Samsung isn’t a new player. The South Korean smartphone maker ’s ability to ship a large number of phones can be easily concluded from the fact that it is the biggest manufacturer of Android smartphones on the entire globe.
Shifting its mobile device focus from Android to Samsung Tizen OS will change everything in the mobile platform scenario. Though, it can be assumed that probably this big change is the main reason why Samsung incepted Tizen OS, it is still unclear whether the move will be first targeted towards enterprise customers or directly towards the general consumers.
Also, there are many questions that arises when mulling over the Samsung strategy for reaching its goal. Such as, will Samsung start to bring the mobile OS only to its newer devices or whether it will shift its older devices to the newer OS too? Will it permanently move from Android to Tizen OS? Whether users will be given the option to choose between Android and Tizen for themselves or not, etc.
Whether or not the South Korean phone maker decides to introduce Samsung Tizen OS for its entire mobile device line remains a mystery, only to be revealed by time.