Samsung?s Tizen smartphone: Release date, specs and pictures
Samsung is reported to being teaming up with Japanese carrier NTT Docomo to launch a Tizen-based smartphone in 2013. The South Korean manufacturer, the Japanese mobile communications company and their partners hope to build a platform that will rival Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. There are other UK-based carriers such as France Telecom and Vodaphone, which are interested in this Tizen-based smartphone. Samsung’s Tizen smartphone is said to launch in Japan first under Docomo while other countries are expected to get the handset around the same time. Tizen, a Linux-based operating system that emerged from the demise of Nokia’s MeeGo, is touted to be more open Android and HTML5-friendly by its makers. Apart from phones, Tizen can work across multiple devices such as in-car infotainment systems, netbooks, tablets and Smart TVs.
Samsung released the first images of its Tizen smartphone prototype with a few scant specifications such as a 4.3-inch HD display and 1.2GHz dual-core ARM processor.
Working with Docomo, Japan’s market leader and the only major cell phone company in Japan that didn’t sell the iPhone, Samsung was said to launch the Tizen smartphone sometime in 2013.
Based on Linux, the Tizen operating system was designed to be an easy, new platform that would rival the major operating systems from Apple and Google.
The Tizen operating system, which could be used for devices such as televisions and tablets, was announced after the death of MeeGo. Samsung and Intel then took over the development of the operating system, which was also overseen by the Linux Foundation.
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