Samsung now has its mobile eggs in three baskets. The company has introduced its first Tizen powered smartphone called Samsung Z. Samsung is already using Tizen in its smart cameras and smart watches.
Though Samsung has refrained from mentioning Android, they do claim that its fast and efficient. “The Tizen platform delivers a fast, optimal performance with improved memory management.” Samsung claims that Tizen offers a fasterstartup time and immediate multi-tasking capabilities. The company also brags about “superb 2D and 3D graphic qualities, smoother scrolling and an improved rendering performance for web browsing.”
It’s unclear what Samsung wants to achieve with Tizen, when it’s already a market leader with Android. Maybe Samsung wants a more Apple-like approach to own and control the entire stack – from software and hardware. Samsung is already known for vendor lock and keeps non-Samsung Android users out of its ecosystem (if you have Samsung smart TV or BD players, the Anroid app for such devices is available only for Samsung devices).
One huge disadvantage Tizen has when compared with Android is the huge and very well curated app and content ecosystem that Google has created. As far as Samsung Z is concerned, it’s an orginary phone and doesn’t excite from hardware point of view – whether it be design or sensors that come with it. .
Tizen is a Linux-based, Open Source operating system targeted at devices like smartphones, tablets, TVs, laptops, smart-camera, cars, etc. The roots of the OS goes back to LiMo Platform – a software platform for mobile devices. The LiMO foundation was formed back in 2007 and Samsung was one of the founding members. After failed attempts with Moblin and then Maemo (as Nokia started to kill its open source projects under Stephen Elop to become a trusted Microsoft mistress) Intel joined LiMo and then the projects was renamed to Tizen, The Linux Foundation took over the hosting of the project. The Tizen code is build on top of Samsung Linux Platform (SLP). So Tizen has been a Samsung baby from the very beginning, it would be incorrect to say Samsung is now adoption Tizen over Android.
Samsung will start selling the device in Russia and will later expand to other markets. In order to expand a developer community around Tizen Samsung is starting off with “a special promotional program to all developers for one year. Furthermore, Samsung plans to host a Tizen local app challenges in Russia and CIS countries to enrich the Tizen eco-system at the launch of the device.