Samsung is working with Toyota and Jaguar/Land Rover to put Tizen in your car, and everywhere else
While waiting for Tizen OS to appear in Samsung’s smartphones has been like waiting for Godot, Korean giant and Intel are quietly preparing to make everything else run on it.
Yesterday we learned that Samsung has already announced its first commercial Tizen product – mirrorless camera NX300M. Tizen smart TVs are also on the way. Today, ET News reports that Samsung/Intel are now cooperating with Toyota and Jaguar/Land Rover for Tizen based In-Vehicle-Infotainment (IVI) system.
And they do not plan to stop there. According Mark Skarpness, director of Systems Engineering in the Open Source Technology Center at Intel:
“Tizen is a platform capable of open scalability. As we are cooperating with Toyota and Jaguar in IVI, scalability to TV, camera, wearable devices and refrigerators is guaranteed. To further increase scalability, Tizen 3.0, to be released in Q3 2014, will cut the RAM and storage space resources in half. Tizen can be applied to devices with lower specifications.”
Which sounds like a smart plan to battle the dominance Google and Apple in smartphone market.
Both, Samsung and Intel know that they have no chance of changing current status quo in smartphones anytime soon. The incumbents are simply too strong, too entrenched, and Samsung makes way too much money from Android to risk openly alienating Google. But in all other electronic gadgets that are just getting connected to the Internet of Things – Android and Apple are just starting, like everyone else.
If Intel and Samsung are able to create next generation connected embedded computing platform that opens up you car, your camera, fridge and your watch to the same app driven innovation explosion that propelled smartphone use to current heights – that might be disruptive enough to shake up things radically in the next few years.