Tizen devices expected to land later this year
HTC supposedly planning to launch its own handset running the new kid on the OS block
Published: 22 May, 2012
As Windows Phone has proved it's a tough world out there for a new mobile Operating System but a report from Digi Times indicates Intel and Samsung's joint effort Tizen is due to be released in late June. Devices running the OS will appear later, in the latter half of 2012 according to the site, and won't be limited to smartphones but is going to work its way onto netbooks and in-vehicle entertainment as well. "PC Players" are cited as the source of the rumour which follows on from the OS's first appearance on a prototype handset in a video posted online recently.
In addition to the news about when it's arriving who's going to be offering it on their devices when it does has also been hinted at. HTC is tipped to be planning Tizen devices though its involvement has yet to be confirmed and Acer and Asus are said to have Tizen-based netbooks in the works due for release by the end of Q3.
The operating system was first announced back in 2011 by Samsung and Intel and is based on the work they already did on their LiMo and MeeGo platforms. Both companies created the Tizen Association which already has a few familiar names among its board members including NTT DoCoMo, Orange, NEC, Panasonic, Sprint, Vodafone, SK Telecom and Telefonica.
While it's going to be interesting to see what Tizen brings to the table judging by the video which came out of CTIA 2012 it doesn't look like anything too special with a fairly uninspired UI. The news of its impending arrival is further evidence that the death knell is near for Samsung's Bada platform. Famed rumour-monger Elder Murtazin is claiming that the OS has year to live and should disappear into OS limbo in the first half of 2013.