First high-end Tizen release to be 'equipped with the best specifications'
A high-end Samsung smartphone running on the Tizen operating system will be released later this year, an executive has revealed, adding more detail to a previous confirmation. Executive vice president of Mobile Lee Young-Hee claims that the electronics manufacturer will be pushing the single flagship Tizen phone for a release in August or September.
First devices not expected until later this year
The Linux Foundation has introduced a major update to its Tizen operating system, adding many essential features as developers continue working on the first Tizen-powered devices. Version 2.0, spotted by TG Daily, will enable devices to take advantage of Bluetooth and NFC hardware, while app developers can integrate new features such as text-to-speech and background operation.
Confirms earlier reports of Tizen OS handset development
Samsung has confirmed it will be making Tizen-based devices, with the first of the range expected later this year. The announcement comes shortly after reports surfaced at the end of 2012, claiming the manufacturer was working with NTT DoCoMo Vodafone, and Intel to ship a handset in Japan, followed by other Asian and European regions shortly afterwards.
Open mobile operating system to spread across Asia, Europe
Samsung is to launch its first Tizen-based smartphone in 2013, according to reports. The open-source operating system, being developed in partnership with NTT DoCoMo, Vodafone, Intel and others, will apparently appear on a handset in Japan in early 2013, and will spread to other Asian and European countries shortly afterwards.
Tizen-powered i9300 said to come in near future
Rumors abound that Samsung is working on a Tizen-powered Galaxy smartphone, and now DigiTimes reports that the South Korean manufacturer is preparing to roll out a Tizen phone in the near future. Sources said to be familiar with Samsung's plans say that there are concerns regarding the likelihood of Tizen having a significant impact in a mobile sector dominated by Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating system. Still, the introduction of another viable mobile operating system could prove beneficial to hardware manufacturers, who are largely beholden to Google and wary of the search giant's moves toward manufacturing its own hardware and the complex legal environment surrounding Android.
Tizen variant shows up as Wi-Fi Certified
A Tizen-powered variant of Samsung's popular Galaxy S III smartphone has apparently been granted Wi-Fi certification. The certification was spotted by Twitter user @musamappa, who posted a link to a document describing the S III variant. Tizen is a scalable mobile operating system developed by Samsung in a partnership with Intel.
Exec cites wide device array as potential counter to Android, iOS
The CEO of the nation's largest wireless carrier thinks that Samsung could shake up the mobile marketplace should the electronics giant decide to move to its own operating system. CNet reports that Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam called Samsung "a potential elephant in the room" at an investor conference on Friday. McAdam believes that, should Samsung decide to leverage its massive install base across a range of consumer and household electronics, the company would make a formidable competitor for Apple, Google, Microsoft, and others.
Proprietary software, user experience, design main areas of focus
In his inaugural speech, new Samsung CEO Kwon Oh-hyun recommitted the electronics giant to an increased focus on improving its software components. The new CEO pointed to software, user experience, design, and solutions as the path forward for Samsung, which aims to further distinguish itself from other electronics makers and solidify its standing near the top of the tech sector. Oh-hyun did not provide exact details on Samsung's plans to strengthen its offerings, but it is expected that the company will leverage existing technologies to increase integration among its devices.
Device makers to roll out handsets on fledgling OS
Tizen, the operating system developed as a partnership between Intel and Samsung, may finally debut on smartphones in the second half of this year. The scalable OS, sources tell Digitimes, will be appearing on smartphones, tablets, and notebooks from a number of different manufacturers.
Fledgling Samsung OS could debut with full app lineup
A company called Open Mobile has been demoing a method that allows devices running Tizen, Samsung and Intel's in-house mobile OS, to run apps intended for use on Android devices. As a video from The Handheld Blog shows, the technology could allow for future Tizen devices to circumvent the dearth of apps that typically plagues devices based on alternate operating systems.
Scalable OS feature set shown off in conference video
Since Tizen, an in-house alternative to Android was unveiled by Intel and Samsung last year, speculation has abounded as to the ultimate fate of the fledgling operating system. First, Samsung announced a merger between Tizen and Bada; then Samsung backpedalled on that statement, giving itself room to maneuver. Now a video has emerged from The Handheld Blog, showing version 1.0 of the Tizen OS in action, and running on a Samsung prototype phone.
Display tech wrongly speculated for Galaxy S III
The previously spotted Samsung GT-i9500 is rumored to carry a Super AMOLED HD Plus display. According to sources of SamMobile, the handset was seen at the Tizen Delopers Conference in San Francisco sporting the display tech, previously speculated to be destined for the Galaxy S III.
Samsung leaves door open to Bada keeping Tizen out
Samsung has partly reversed course on claims that it would merge Bada with Tizen. A follow-up statement to AllThingsD said that neither Samsung nor other companies in the Tizen Association ahd "made a firm decision" on whether the two open platforms would unite. The company was "carefully looking at it," but Samsung still considered Bada a core part of a strategy that included Android and Windows Phone.
Bada and Tizen to merge platforms I
Samsung's Senior VP of Contents Planning Tae-jin Kang in a discussion Friday gave surprise word that his company's Bada and Intel's Tizen would merge. The strategy mapped out for Forbes would let Tizen run any apps written for Bada. Ultimately, the two would end up sharing the same developer interfaces and effectively share the same roots.
Chip maker dropping support for MeeGo
Intel has announced that it has moved to acquire Telmap, an Israeli company that specializes in location-based products and services for mobile devices. The buyout is aimed at bolstering Intel's consumer services division, providing an additional incentive for developers to create content for the chip maker's AppUp application portal.
Tizen rises from ashes of MeeGo
Intel and Samsung partly confirmed rumors by unveiling Tizen. The effective successor to MeeGo still uses Linux as an open-source foundation for a mobile OS but is focused on a much broader coalition of LiMo supporters that includes Japanese phone makers NEC Casio and Panasonic Mobile, OS developer Access, and carriers NTT DoCoMo, SK Telecom, Telefonica (O2), and Vodafone. The group will focus more on HTML5- and Wholesale Applications Community-based apps that can run on MeeGo and can share much of their code for other platforms and devices.