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April 1, 2013

Samsung's Tizen mobile OS could signal new competition for Apple's iOS, Google's Android

Apple's iOS and Google's Android have so far dominated the latest wave of mobile computing. Now, Apple's chief rival Samsung appears to enter into a war with Google as it tries hard to  push behind its own operating system, one that could have the potential to truly shake up the mobile market where others have failed.

Samsung's Tizen mobile OS could signal new competition for Apple's iOS, Google's Android: Move Over  Android  and iOS. You have new competition now 

Samsung has already revealed that it will be releasing hardware powered by Tizen, an alternative operating system co-developed by Samsung and Intel. Built largely on the Linux Kernel, the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries, and the WebKit runtime, Tizen is said to be scalable to displays from smartphones to in-car systems to smart appliances, and televisions -- all areas where Samsung already maintains a presence or is interested in approaching.

Tizen is a replacement of the MeeGo program Intel initiated with Nokia in early 2010, which was a merging of two efforts to produce an open source mobile platform the two firms had earlier maintained in parallel: Intel's Moblin and Nokia's Maemo.

The development of Tizen has come somewhat as an industry reaction to the dominance of Google's Android and Apple's iOS. The carriers like the flexibility of Tizen because it allows them to tinker with an operating system that gives them more control over the subscriber.
For Samsung, virtually all of whose smartphones run on Android, Tizen is considered an alternative if ever the company were to wean itself off of its dependence on Android.

Samsung plans to release a smartphone running its upstart Tizen operating system by August or September, according to Bloomberg.
The Tizen phone will be one of three flagship products for Samsung, the others being the newly unveiled Galaxy S4 and another version of the Galaxy Note, Bloomberg reported, citing an interview with Y.H. Lee, executive vice president of marketing for Samsung's mobile business.