Tizen will have more presence this year, in 2015, as Samsung will launch several devices that it will run. The in-house operating system has already been present in some cameras and wearables and later on in most of Samsung’s smart appliances like smart TVs throughout this year. Samsung said the platform is part of their strategy for Internet of Things which covers all the categories of devices across the company.
Early this year, Samsung already announced its smart TVs will be run by Tizen, and the recently concluded international CES 2015 made that clear. Though the company did not give details which specific devices will feature the OS in the future, CEO BK Yoon said that all Samsung devices will be Internet of Things-ready in five years.
As among the world’s leading original equipment manufacturers, selling 665 million devices last year, saying most of its devices will run Tizen, the OS will indeed have more presence in 2015. Thus, consumers will see a lot of Tizen from this year, and onwards.
Samsung’s reason for paving the way for its own OS is simple. It is “lighter” than other platforms. This means, the OS needs lesser memory and processing power. It delivers fast speed while taking less energy. Consumers will have smoother user experience, such as, shorter boot time, seamless multitasking, longer battery life and faster Internet surfing.
Being lightweight makes the platform ideal for smart devices in the IoT world. From TVs and smartphones to wearables, washing machines and vacuum cleaners; or from devices which demand for computing power is high to those which demand is low – all are part of IoT which need a platform as lightweight as Tizen to run them without burning memory and power. The platform’s lightweight factor can be directly felt in portable devices like the wearables, as its smartwatches have shown longer battery life than those which run other platforms.
Samsung has seen the benefits, convenience and diversity of Tizen and is excited to bring the experience to the consumers. However, it needs another very important factor for the users to actually feel and appreciate its benefits – a vast ecosystem. That is why, the OS needs the cooperation and participation of developers. Samsung says it is already meeting and working with developers worldwide, such as, through its various developer events in many major cities, releasing Tizen software development kits.
While Samsung outlines its future plans for the new OS, it makes a clear point that it does not abandon the other platforms, as it undertakes IoT initiatives with openness to ensure seamless connectivity to many devices used all over the world every day. The South Korean firm reiterates that it values its relationships with its partners.
Samsung promised to come up with a Tizen phone in 2013 and announced a Z smartphone on June 2014. This month, it debuted its first Tizen smartphone, the budget phone India-bound Samsung Z1.
Before Tizen, the South Korean OEM used to have phones run by Bada platform, which were not as best-selling as its Android-based mobile devices, and eventually discontinued. As Samsung has been focused on Google’s mobile OS, it is looking for a new way to reduce its dependence on Android. It wants to push Tizen, so the OS will have more presence in 2015 and onwards.
By Judith Aparri
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