Menu
Tizen mobile OS shows some teething issues

Tizen mobile OS shows some teething issues

The first phones with the OS are expected later this year

Mobile operators are passionate about the Tizen OS, but it appears there's a lot of work to do before the smartphones running it will go on sale later this year.

Following the launch of Firefox OS on Sunday, the Tizen Association demonstrated its operating system on Tuesday in Barcelona. The demo used unspecified hardware from Samsung running the recently released version 2.0, which showed some teething issues with, for example, a browser that stuttered when scrolling up and down.

But its supporters, which include Orange, NTT DoCoMo, Samsung Electronics, Huawei Technologies and Intel, don't seem too worried.

"We are not in a rush, our customers are not in a rush," said Yves Maitre, senior vice president of Mobile Multimedia and Devices at Orange.

Both Orange and DoCoMo plan to start selling the first smartphones based on Tizen during the second half of the year.

The Tizen project was born in September 2011 when the Linux Foundation and Limo Foundation rebooted their efforts to compete with Apple and the Android camp by merging MeeGo and Limo.

Of the new OSes that want to challenge Google's and Apple's dominant position, Tizen has the most impressive lineup of supporters who want to increase competition in the smartphone sector and, in the case of phone makers, lessen their reliance on Android. Operators would like to rely less on Apple.

The most important one is Samsung, because of its deep pockets and dominant position in the smartphone market, thanks to the success of Android-based products such as the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II. But the big question for the company is to what extent it is wiling to risk that success and profit to become less dependent on Google.

Samsung's Hankil Yoon said no decision had been made about the fate of its own operating system, Bada. Fujitsu, KT, NEC, Panasonic, SK Telecom, Sprint and Vodafone are also backing Tizen.

How much money Samsung and the other backers decide to spend on marketing Tizen will be key to its chances for success, according to Francisco Jeronimo, research director at IDC. It will also have to convince users that there is a value in having a smartphone with an open operating system, which won't be easy.

"What they really care about is the experience and the price," Jeronimo said.

Send news tips and comments to mikael_ricknas@idg.com

Follow Us

Join the ARN newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags MWCconsumer electronicssmartphonesSamsung ElectronicsMobile OSesmobileintel

Slideshows

IN PICTURES: ARN Emerging Leaders Think Tank, Sydney (+40 photos)

IN PICTURES: ARN Emerging Leaders Think Tank, Sydney (+40 photos)

Twenty-one industry leaders came together with ARN staff for an Emerging Leaders Think Tank, held at The Bottle Shop in Sydney​. The aim of the planning session was to develop a compelling program for high potential leaders in the Australian ICT industry.​ Over two hours of strong debate a core line of thought evolved which will form the basis of the Emerging Leaders Forum to be held on May 17 in Sydney. Photos by MARIA STEFINA.

IN PICTURES: ARN Emerging Leaders Think Tank, Sydney (+40 photos)

iasset.com is a channel management ecosystem that automates all major aspects of the entire sales, marketing and service process, including data tracking, integrated learning, knowledge management and product lifecycle management.

Show Comments