Co-CEO of Samsung Talks about Tizen OS as a Possibility for Future Devices
As Samsung continues to stray away from relying on Google’s Android platform, the company views its own custom Tizen operating system as a viable alternative that could potentially power the company’s future flagship smartphones. Samsung co-CEO J.K. Shin was very bullish on the prospects for Tizen in an interview with CNET
this week, calling the operating system more than a “simple alternative for Android.” He believes that adopting Tizen would allow Samsung to offer customers “cross-convergence” between various products, including smartphones, PCs, cameras, and even outside industries such as cars, biotechnology or banks.
Prototype devices that run Tizen were officially unveiled by Samsung in February at Mobile World Congress as an alternative for Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. Currently, as many of you already probably know, Samsung’s flagship smartphones run the Android operating system. Samsung’s current Android phones are customized with a layer of software and services placed over Google’s mobile operating system. These changes help to differentiate Samsung smartphones from other Android phones on the market but some users also feel the additional software hurts performance and is a downgrade from stock Android.
More recently, Google has opted to begin installing stock Android on handsets made by its Motorola division, ditching the “Motoblur” skin the company had spearheaded before it was acquired. Google is also pushing more aggressively into the hardware space with the launch of the Moto X customizable smartphones from Motorola. As Google begins to encroach on Samsung’s lucrative smartphone hardware business, the South Korean firm may look to reduce its reliance on Google’s Android and adopt a mobile operating system like Tizen, which it has more control over.
Samsung’s potential Android alternative, Tizen, is part of the Linux Foundation and is governed by a technical steering group composed of Samsung and Intel. It currently supports ARM and x86 processors and is designed for smartphones, tablets, in-vehicle navigation systems, television sets and more. We’ll have to wait and see what Samsung does with the operating system and if it can compete in the mobile platform wars.