Samsung experimenting Android alternatives , to sell Tizen based handsets in 2013
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Seems like the world's largest mobile handset maker has slowly started distancing itself from the the world most popular mobile OS. Yes, I am talking about Samsung electronics, which in a move to "lighten its growing dependence on Google" has announced that it has plans to "release new, competitive Tizen devices within this year". Samsung has collaborated with Japan's NTT Docomo to sell the Tizen powered devices. The company's move to reduce the reliance with Google's Android came after the search engine giant acquired Motorola Mobility last year.
What is Tizen ?Tizen is an open source Linux based OS that came into existence after the Meego project hit the dead end. It's an OS for multiple category devices like smart-phones, smart-TVs, tablets etc. The project is now overseen by Linux Foundation and is governed by Samsung and Intel that form the technical steering group (TGS). Here is more about the project from official website :
Here is a video showing Tizen OS in action :
Samsung also has it's low end phones running the Bada OS while recently Canonical announced Ubuntu OS for mobile phones. So, it seems like there is some competition popping up in Mobile OS sector which is currently dominated by Apple and Google. Though it's yet to be seen how big an impact these new OS (specially Tizen and Ubuntu phone) can make.