Samsung and Intel team up on new mobile OS
Posted on 28 Sep 2011 at 11:37
Two Linux software groups have joined forces with Intel and Samsung Electronics to develop a new mobile operating system.
LiMo Foundation and the Linux Foundation said the new Tizen platform is an open-source, standards-based software platform that supports multiple devices including smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, netbooks and in-vehicle 'infotainment' systems.
The initial release is planned for the first quarter of 2012, enabling the first devices using Tizen to come to market in mid-2012, the two groups said.
Tizen aims to unify a number of marginalised Linux based platforms
Intel, which also has its own MeeGo system, and Samsung will head the technical steering committee developing Tizen.
"Tizen aims to unify a number of marginalised Linux based platforms," said Geoff Blaber, an analyst at London-based telecoms industry consultancy CCS Insight.
"There is a willingness to create an independent alternative to Android but history tells us that willingness doesn't necessarily equate to success," he added.
Indeed, analysts said the new Tizen platform is likely to struggle to attract wider developer and manufacturer support to compete with the dozen or so other mobile operating systems in a market dominated by Apple and Google's Linux-based Android, with Nokia and HP ditching their own mobile platforms
"The best hope for them is that big operators get worried by Android's increasing smartphone dominance and decide to consciously switch their allegiances to rival platforms to restrict Google's huge influence over the mobile market," said analyst Neil Mawston from Strategy Analytics.
Samsung is the leading user of the Android platform, but some other makers of Android-operated phones have begun to look at alternatives since Google agreed to buy Motorola Mobility last month for $12.5 billion.
"Samsung might be further tempted to try a new system as Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility raised uncertainty over the future of Android," said Song Jong-ho, an analyst at Daewoo Securities.
A spokesman for Samsung said: "We've been a core Linux partner ... and this is in line with our strategy of supporting many platforms."
Here we go again
LiMo, Moblin/MeeGo, Bada, yada yada yada - why bother? WP7, iOS, Android, QNX, WebOS... just how many mobile operating systems does one planet need?
You'd think Intel would have learned by now!
By The_Scrote on 28 Sep 2011
Looks like renamed Meego/Maemo to me.
By jasonK on 28 Sep 2011
having just bought a samsung android phone which apple are trying their best to ban in Europe, I won't be replacing it for a good few years. So by the time I need a new phone everything will have changed completely. As long as the phone does what the owner wants it really doesn't matter what OS is on it. It does matter that there is some competition to drive development of the operating systems and ultimately give us customers better products. So it is good that Samsung and Intel are doing this.
By mr_chips on 29 Sep 2011
To me it seems that Samsung have no idea what their strategy is for the next couple of years other than to completely fragment both the mobile phone UIverse and their own offerings.
Now they're on Android, Windows Mobile 7, Bada and this. Wouldn't it make better sense for them to pick a winner and go with it rather than hedging their bets?
By Phoomeister on 29 Sep 2011
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