Samsung Rumored to Launch Open-Source Tizen Based Phone as “New Year Blast”
Samsung aims to release its first phone running the open-source Tizen operating system in 2013.
Samsung is best when it comes to making Android phones. According to Japan's Daily Yomiuri, DoCoMo will join Samsung's effort to grasp the global smartphone market from the likes of Apple and Google's Android operating system.
The reported continued that Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo, Vodafone, France Telecom, and other European operators are working to assist developing Tizen and that Samsung "will probably" start offering Tizen handsets in 2013.
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Rumors say that the aim is to launch these new phones in Japan as well as other unnamed countries "around the same time."
Designed based on Linux, the Tizen operating system forms an easy new platform on which developers can create HTML5 applications for smartphones, tablets, netbooks, smart televisions, and car systems.
In addition to DoCoMo, the Tizen effort gains a good deal of integrity and momentum. Among 127 million mobile phone subscribers in Japan, DoCoMo currently has the most at 60 million, with AU and Softbank following far behind at 37 million and 31 million, respectively.
According to Gartner research, Android currently boasts to make up 72 percent of the global smartphone OS market, whereas Apple just 14 percent.
The first Tizen devices are expected to hit the market sometime in the first quarter of 2013.