Samsung co-CEO: We want Tizen to be on everything

Tizen logoSamsung Electronics has broad ambitions for Tizen, an open operating system the company has taken a lead role in developing as it looks to wean itself off its dependence on Android and Google.

That's according to Samsung Electronics co-CEO J.K. Shin, who runs the company's IT and mobile communications division. In a joint interview with CNET Korea (Korean language) and CNET, Shin made it clear that Tizen is more than a pet project and "simple alternative for Android." Indeed, he envisions Tizen running on more than just smartphones, and that it will eventually move to vehicles and other industries.

"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," he said. "Cross-convergence is the one [area] Samsung can do best since we do have various parts and finished products."

While Tizen is an open operating system, Samsung and Intel have spearheaded the development of the standards behind it. Tizen enjoyed a splashy introduction at Mobile World Congress in February, and has been slowly introducing new versions and rallying developer support.

Tizen is important because it represents Samsung's best attempt to push an operating system that it has more control over. Samsung's surge to dominance over the smartphone market has been driven by its Galaxy S line of smartphones, which all run on Google's Android software. While Samsung continues to say all the right things about its partner, it's clear the Korean conglomerate would prefer to rely less on Google and more on home-grown software.

The operating system appeared to hit a snag recently, with Samsung delaying the introduction of the first Tizen phone until the fourth quarter. The delay led to some speculation that Samsung's enthusiasm for the platform had waned.

Shin brushed aside rumors that Samsung would drop Tizen, and maintained that the company considers it a key operating system alongside Android and Microsoft's Windows Phone platform.

Beyond smartphones, Tizen could find its way into vehicles. Shin mentioned cars as one area where Samsung would like to be in, and partner Intel sounds similarly confident in the software's ability to power in-car apps and systems. A person familiar with Intel's work with Tizen said the operating system is well-suited to the auto industry's need for differentiation. But the person said Tizen wouldn't make its way to cars until 2015.

Samsung and Intel aren't the only ones looking at cars. Apple in June said its iOS 7 software would work in cars, highlighting the integration of dashboard systems and its iPhone. General Motors, for instance, has done a lot of work to integrate voice-command service Siri into its system. BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins touted the BlackBerry platform's ability to power cars -- the QNX software that BlackBerry 10 is based off of already runs vehicles and other equipment.

Moving beyond smartphones is a key initiative for Samsung. Shin has designated the term "cross category" as a keyword in the company's strategy, and is getting the groundwork set up for vehicles, among other industries.

Shin also teased new developments on the tablet front. Samsung has made a lot of progress cutting into Apple's once-dominant share in the tablet business, thanks to a plethora of tablets in different sizes. The company sees tablets as a growth area, offsetting any potential slowdown in the key smartphone business. Shin, however, was stingy with the details.

"There will be good news on the tablet soon," he said. "Please wait and see."

Source: CNET

Tags: Samsung, Tizen

Comments
Add comment

Your name:
Sign in with:
or
Your comment:


Enter code:

E-mail (not required)
E-mail will not be disclosed to the third party


Last news

 
Consumer group recommends iPhone 8 over anniversary model
 
LTE connections wherever you go and instant waking should come to regular PCs, too
 
That fiction is slowly becoming a reality
 
The Snapdragon 845 octa-core SoC includes the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem
 
Human moderators can help make YouTube a safer place for everyone
 
Google says Progressive Web Apps are the future of app-like webpages
 
All 2018 models to sport the 'notch'
 
The biggest exchange in South Korea, where the BTC/KRW pair is at $14,700 now
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Review
The evolution of the successful smartphone, now with a waterproof body and USB Type-C
February 7, 2017 /
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S - a tablet with the Windows-keyboard
The first Windows-tablet with the 12-inch display Super AMOLED
June 7, 2016 /
Keyboards for iOS
Ten iOS keyboards review
July 18, 2015 /
Samsung E1200 Mobile Phone Review
A cheap phone with a good screen
March 8, 2015 / 4
Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card review
Good sound for those who are not satisfied with the onboard solution
September 25, 2014 / 2
Samsung Galaxy Gear: Smartwatch at High Price
The first smartwatch from Samsung - almost a smartphone with a small body
December 19, 2013 /
 
 

News Archive

 
 
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
     12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31      




Poll

Do you use microSD card with your phone?
or leave your own version in comments (4)