Tizen, an obstacle for Android!


Although Samsung has attempted to have an emergency backup OS by Bada, but according to Samsung itself, Bada was not attractive enough for modern smartphones. Hence, Samsung's collaboration with Intel resulted in an open source OS based on the Linux kernel which is called “Tizen”.

Tizen OS technology

Tizen OS is a system based on Linux kernel. The Tizen Association, Samsung and Intel have been formed to guide the industry role of Tizen. The Platform has Bada’s features and its personalization feature would be deeper than Android. Meanwhile, Tizen OS allows developers to use HTML5 and related web technologies to develop applications that run on supported devices. But, of course, also keep in mind that native apps will have a special place in Tizen; unlike the Firefox Mobile OS. Tizen can also support many other gadgets such as: Smartphones, tablets, readers, smart TVs, Netbooks and recreational devices. It can also support ARM and X86 processors.


There is not a lot of information about Tizen OS, because the platform’s gadgets have not yet entered into global market. The three main features which can be seen in technology debases are including:

  • extensive personalization capabilities, even more than Android
  • Supported by ARM and x86 processors
  • very low limits on the development platform of privatization

The Challenges

There are some great challenges for emerging platforms and Tizen is not an exception. The main challenge for Tizen is the share of the operating system in market. As you may know, Android and iOS have taken over the smartphone market. Also, Windows phone 8 OS is the new rival for mobile operating systems and this is approved by remarkable growth of this platform in late 2012. The next issue is the new platforms which are on way, such as: BlackBerry 10, Firefox and Ubuntu. But another challenge is failure of such operating systems. In 2007, before the launch of Android, a Linux-based operating system called Limo was formed and many large companies arise to support it, such as Samsung, Vodafone, T-Mobile, Verizon and SK Telekom. But with the boom in Android, the aforementioned operating system failed and knocked out of the competition. You may all know about MeeGo, an operating system which shined in Nokia N900 but was forgotten too soon. Nokia and Intel were supposed to support the Linux-based operating system but everything was over by Nokia’s withdrawal (due to the new policies in selecting windows-phones). However, the new platform also may suffer from the same fate in soon future, but it is not clear yet.   

Why Tizen?

Samsung has taken a larger share of sales of smartphones in the world by using Android as operating system, so Samsung is the best-selling Android –based smartphones manufacturer. On other hand, Google is concerned about the future of Android operating system, because making major changes to the Android operating system by Samsung would cut-off Google’s role in global marketing, something like what happened in Amazon Kindles. Bringing Motorola up by Google can be an alarm for Samsung. Hence, Samsung is concerned about the future of its Android-based smartphones. So, these reasons led Samsung to design an open source operating systems in order to keep its smartphone market even though if possibly put an end to collaboration with Google. Although Bada could have been a beginning for having an operating system supportive for Samsung but it was failed to meet the expectations of users. So, Tizen is raised. So far Google and Samsung are having a close cooperation together; this can be admitted by Samsung’s executive manager where Kevin Packingham – of the senior executives from Samsung – stated that “Google is a great partner for us." But, however, should always be prepared for harsh conditions.

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