Samsung to launch Tizen devices in the second half of 2012, HTC planning to join soon?
Announced by Samsung and Intel back in 2011, the new Tizen OS is almost ready for primetime now.
According to DigiTimes, the first Tizen devices (including smartphones and netbooks) should be released in the second half of the year. The Taiwanese publication notes that HTC is also planning to introduce some Tizen-based products. That’s interesting, since HTC has not joined the Tizen Association yet. The companies that did join it – apart from Samsung and Intel – include: Sprint, Vodafone, Orange, Telefonica, Huawei, Japan’s NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic, and NEC.
Tizen v 1.0 was showcased recently on a prototype smartphone, and you can see it in action in the video below. As you may already know, the new OS is based on the now-dead MeeGo and LiMo. Visually, Tizen 1.0 seems to have borrowed quite a lot from Samsung’s TouchWiz – which, of course, isn’t a bad thing (or maybe it is, for some). It remains to be seen what the OS will look like when handsets based on it start hitting the market.
Tizen could become Samsung’s new Bada – since the latter is reportedly going to be phased out.