We've heard about Tizen for quite some time now. The open source Linux based mobile operating system, in development by teams from both Samsung and Intel (two gigantic powers in their own fields), is slated to get its first official device later this year. But will Tizen be just another Firefox OS or Sailfish OS? Will it end up with the same fate as Bada? Or does Tizen actually have a future?
Samsung is investing heavily in Tizen. The company wants to do the same thing with their own OS as Google wants to with Android, have Tizen everywhere. Word is that the first Tizen powered Smartphones won't be entry level or mid-range offerings, but high-end Smartphones straight out of Samsung's stable. The open source and light weight nature of the OS means that high-end hardware will be an overkill, but who cares about that anyways. Add to that, the Android compatibility layer will allegedly give Tizen users access to most of the apps on the Android market (Play Store) without much of a headache. If that comes true, we could be seeing a real threat to Google's mobile OS, the first serious competitor since Android's inception (BlackBerry 10 is dying, iOS is evolving far too slow, Windows Phone is Windows Phone).
There are many convergences not only among IT gadgets, including smartphones, tablets, PCs, and cameras, but also among different industries like cars, bio, or banks. Cross-convergence is the one area Samsung can do best since we do have various parts and finished products.
Samsung could be looking to do what Ubuntu is doing, a single OS for all three platforms (desktop, tablet and Smartphones). However, that is a really far off dream (too much into the future). For now, it's Tizen on Smartphones, and we are eager to see what's in store for us.