updated 07:37 am EDT, Mon July 8, 2013
Intel counters rumors that the Tizen OS is in trouble
Eldar Murtazin, the Russian blogger who correctly predicted the Nokia-Microsoft hook-up, caused a stir with his pronouncement on Twitter that the Tizen OS was all but dead last week. The technical steering group of Tizen is headed by Intel and Samsung, with a Samsung Tizen-powered device leaking on the net recently. Intel, which is particularly sensitive to Murtazin's predictions following Nokia's abandonment of the MeeGo OS for the Windows Phone OS, has issued an official statement refuting Murtazin's assertion.
"Intel is very committed to the development of Tizen. We see a unique role for Tizen in the industry to create and to grow a new, open and flexible, mobile operating system that allows developers to "write once/run on many devices" reads the Intel statement. "Tizen has received broad industry support through the Tizen Association and has achieved major milestones this year including establishing the storefront, releasing the Tizen 2.1 source code, the Tizen IVI 2.0 and the Tizen 2.2 Beta SDK that was just released yesterday."
The Tizen OS, like Android, is an open source project based on the Linux kernel. However, instead of the Java runtime, it uses the Webkit runtime as its application environment. This allows developers to write apps using HTML5 that can run on Tizen devices as well as Firefox OS, webOS and Ubuntu touch without the need for recompiling or a web browser. Other members of the Tizen board of directors include Huawei, Fujitsu, NEC, Panasonic and a variety of telcos. With Intel lagging in the mobile chip space, it will be very keen to see its chips on Tizen OS-based devices.
Murtazin claims that Samsung may have dropped Tizen development and may only release just one handset running the mobile OS. This would echo what Nokia did with its abandoned MeeGo joint OS project with Intel, when it released the N9 handset - the only handset ever to run the OS. If Samsung has indeed dropped the operating system in favor of solely focusing on Android devices, it could bring into question the potential for the platform moving forward. Samsung has the marketing power to make the OS a success if it chose to invest in it, therefore losing the Korean company could mean that the project falls over regardless of what Intel has to say on the matter. [via Tizen Experts]