Samsung to test the waters with Tizen OS in 2013

Samsung and Android go together like peanut butter and jelly. Android wouldn’t have gained so much market dominance without Samsung’s Galaxy line, and that Galaxy lineup wouldn’t exist without Android. Surely these two would enjoy a long, peaceful relationship for the foreseeable future, right? Maybe not. Samsung is reportedly looking at launching several phones running Tizen instead of Android in 2013. Now, this isn’t weird for Samsung, as they do have other phones running Bada, although they don’t have the success Android does, but if Tizen does well enough in its initial Eastern launch, don’t be surprised to see Samsung slowly bring a few devices across the sea.

Samsung is understandably in a position where it really needs to make sure it isn’t too dependent on another partner, like Google. If Google were to take Android down a path that Samsung didn’t agree with, for instance, it wouldn’t hurt to have a backup plan. This is obviously speculation for something that won’t happen for another several years, so no one should worry about the Galaxy S IV running something other than our beloved Android. But if Samsung did launch a competing OS and app ecosystem, would any of you give it a chance?

source: BGR

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  • yarrellray

    Loving Samsung is easy they bring the BEST android experience as well as software and features to the table compared to all manufacturers in the android game today. So android will be the only stop for me but secondary i would give their own operating system a shot to impress me with it’s Tizen operating system. Trust me none of this will be taking place NO TIME SOON…..

  • PKM

    Another System ? They had bada, that failed, Whats the point ? :/ and if there is one, why not just carry on with bada ?

  • RTWright

    Well lets face it, it’s either iOS or Android right now. Windows 8 and RIM are so far down the sales pole that they should in my opinion just drop out of mobile and stop wasting their time and money in trying to keep competitive where they’ve clearly already lost in. Microsoft is so lost, they tried to make their Windows 8 desktop OS like their mobile OS and that failed them miserably. Mainly because no one is really ready for a full on touch screen system on their Desktop and I could give a lot of reasons but the main one is Cost of those types of screens and availability of them.

    So to bring another OS into this mobile market, it’s going to have to start against two of the heaviest hitters. I can see a lot more Patent lawsuits coming out of this as well because we all know Apple will be watching for Samsung’s OS and looking in on how to claim against patents that is ( As we know they’ll try to claim ) all theirs. So this Tizen OS needs to come out with a Unique Style ( Which is hard to do, as almost everything in the OS field has been done already ) and needs to have its act together from the start. There is no place for a weak attempt in this market, just because it’s Samsung doesn’t mean their OS will be good.

  • Darkcobalt

    I think the main thing is that regardless of how well Samsung is doing with Android, they need to keep other avenues open. This can be seen as both very smart and very poor planning. But I think realistically, if Samsung/HTC want to hedge their bets and keep their options open, they will do better with Windows Phones as their “backup plan” than with yet another unknown OS, and if RIM were smart they’d start licensing BB10 if its worth licensing at all.