Throughout 2015, Samsung Electronics plans to introduce a slew of devices running the Tizen operating system, an open and flexible operating system which seeks to address the needs of all stakeholders of the mobile and connected device ecosystem, including application developers, mobile operators, device manufacturers, and independent software vendors (ISVs). While Tizen has existed since 2012, this year it will show up on devices consumers can purchase. Tizen is developed by a community of developers, under open source governance, and is open to all members who wish to participate.
This OS has already been featured in Samsung’s wearables and cameras, and moving forward will be the OS in most of their smart appliances and all of their Smart TVs this year. In January, Samsung introduced its first Tizen smartphone, the Samsung Z1, in India. This smartphone is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 768 MB RAM and 4GB internal memory expandable up to 64GB with a microSD card. The battery life has been enhanced greatly, now enabled with 7 hours of non-stop videos and 8 hours of talk time and is equipped with a long-lasting 1500mAh battery.
BK Yoon, Samsungs’s CEO, announced at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that all Samsung devices will be IoT-ready in five years. According to Samsung:
Tizen constitutes a large and important part of our Internet of Things (IoT) strategy that encompasses all device categories across the company. Considering that we sold around 665 million devices last year alone, that could translate into a lot of Tizen.”
What are the benefits to Tizen?
Tizen is “lighter” than other operating systems, requiring less processing power and memory, which ensures faster device speeds, faster web browsing, easier multitasking, all while consuming less energy and enjoying a longer battery life.
For application developers and ISVs, Tizen offers native application development with the flexibility of HTML5 support, and has also released Tizen software development kits (SDK) that cover different types of Tizen devices. Tizen offers the potential for application developers to extend their reach to new “smart devices” running Tizen, including wearables, consumer electronics, cars and appliances.
Through these efforts, they hope not only to expand the Tizen ecosystem, but also to diversify and acclimate the Tizen experience to fit the diversity of consumer lifestyles the world over, according to the Samsung blog.
Is Samsung abandoning all other operating systems as they move forward in IoT goals?
In short, no. Samsung is focused on its IoT initiatives, having open platforms as an option while also remaining open to other operating systems.
At Samsung, our IoT initiatives are being undertaken with foremost emphasis on openness. We want open platforms, and we also remain open to other operating systems. In doing so, we can ensure seamless interoperability and connectivity among the billions of devices being used daily. We also value the relationships we have built with our partners, as these relationships have helped us discover more ways to improve the user experience of our devices, ultimately creating more value for consumers.”
The Tizen community is made up of all of the people who collectively work on or with Tizen. If you would like to get involved with Tizen in any way, you can join the Tizen community here.