Despite Its Success With Android, Samsung Is To Launch First Tizen Handsets In 2013 [Rumor]


Samsung sells some of the best and most successful Android devices currently available. The Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II are undoubtedly two of the hottest Android handsets on the market, and they’ve both shifted millions upon millions of units. But despite that success, the Korean electronics giant is expected to try its luck with another mobile operating system in 2013.

It’s called Tizen, and Samsung’s been developing it alongside Intel. Samsung confirmed its plans to merge the open-source operating system with its own Bada OS back in October, and according to a new report, it will partner up with NTT DoCoMo to launch its first Tizen-powered smartphones in Korea in 2013.

Japan’s Yomiuri reports that the handsets will also reach other markets around the same time, though it’s currently unclear exactly when that time will be. All we know for not is that it’ll be sometime during 2013. They also claim that Samsung won’t be the only company releasing Tizen handsets, and that others will be supporting the platform, too.

With all its success with Android, then, why is Samsung going to bother with Tizen? Well, it doesn’t hurt to support multiple platforms. If Google pulls a sudden trick with Android and implements changes that its partners don’t link, such as favoring its own Motorola with future Android updates, Samsung has a safety net to fall back on.

What’s more, it’s said that some Android device vendors “fear the hegemony” of Apple and Google.

Tizen’s been in development since as far back as September 2011, months after the original iPhone was unveiled. It’s not just a smartphone platform; it’s designed for a whole host of electronic devices, including notebooks, tablets, in-car infotainment systems, and Smart TVs.

With that being the case, the potential for adoption could be far greater than of rivals like Windows Phone.