At the recently held Tizen Developer Summit, Samsung announced that 36 new partners have joined the Tizen Association. The association supports the development of an open source software platform and operating system – Tizen. These new partnerships indicate that the South Korean giant desires to move on from the Google-owned popular OS, Android to sharpen its focus on Tizen.
Interestingly, Samsung is the only Android original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to make record profits quarter after quarter. The company recently registered a 26 per cent jump in profits for the quarter ending in September 2013; strong smartphone sales and better memory chip revenues helped the company in doing well and posting record profits again.
The 36 new members of the Tizen Association include game publishers, mobile carriers, and electronics giants such as Panasonic, Sharp, eBay, McAfee, Nokia, Intel, TrendMicro, and many more. This industry consortium is being led by Samsung and Intel.
According to Samsung, each of the new members has the potential to join relevant Tizen Association Working Groups and to participate in Tizen Association meetings, giving them more insight and potential input into the development of the Tizen Operating System (OS).
Tizen is an open source, standards-based software platform supported by leading mobile operators, device manufacturers, and silicon suppliers. The fact that it is aimed towards multiple device categories such as smartphones, tablets, netbooks, in-vehicle infotainment devices, and smart TVs, makes Tizen different from Android which primarily finds its application in smartphones and tablets.
In other words, the OS has the potential to become a part of connected “smart” electronics…that too on a mass scale. The only device that is currently available with Tizen is the Samsung NX300M camera.
While we may see more and more partners joining the Tizen Association in the coming months, Samsung’s increasing focus on Tizen is indicative of the company’s intention to play a big role in the development of the OS, the kind of control Google has over Android.
Meanwhile, Alvin Kim, principal engineer at Samsung Electronics, recently shared at the Samsung Developer’s conference in London that the South Korean giant plans to focus on Android as it always has, with Tizen developing alongside.
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