Look out, Android: Tizen-based Linux phones coming this year
Major smartphone manufacturer Samsung will release devices this year running an open source Linux-based mobile platform, as it looks to reduce its dependency on Google's Android.
The devices will run a version of Tizen
, the Intel-backed platform that resides within the Linux Foundation and is designed to offer a consistent user experience across devices (say, between a PC and a mobile device). It is the successor to the now-defunct MeeGo
"We plan to release new, competitive Tizen devices within this year and will keep expanding the lineup depending on market conditions," Samsung told Bloomberg
, offering no additional details.
Samsung has had a vested interest in moving itself away from Android following Google's $12.5 billion acquisition
of smartphone maker Motorola. However, even if Tizen manages to take off, don't expect Samsung's Android line to disappear anytime soon.
"[Android] is key to the company’s continued success in the mobile market," writes
All Things Digital's John Paczkowski.
"So expect Tizen to begin as more of a regional play that could evolve into a global one if — if
— it gathers the necessary momentum."
Still, for those of you thinking ahead, a Tizen SDK is available
to play around with, with a final release of Tizen 2.0 expected this month.