In February we first covered Samsung's game plan to introduce Tizen OS in Q4 of this year. While Samsung later announced a delay in in their introduction of Tizen OS, they're now ready to launch it in Q1 2014. The Tizen Alliance held a developers' conference in Korea to promote the growth of the Tizen ecosystem. Tizen is quickly emerging as a third mobile OS as it becomes compatible with both Android and iOS by means of a new porting technology.
According to a new Korean report this morning, the alliance held Tizen Summit Korea on November 11 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Seoul. The two-day event was attended by over 900 participants and more than 20 business partners in the alliance exhibited related products to create a huge buzz.
Tizen is an open-source mobile OS in development by Samsung Electronics, Intel, and others. Although it is based on Linux like Android, it supports HTML5 and thus can be mounted on smartphones and tablet PCs to laptops, smart TVs, game consoles, in-vehicle devices, and cameras.
In addition, a porting tool has been made available for compatibility with Android and iOS, which will encourage more developers to join the market. The report however didn't reveal any particulars about the new porting tool. For that, we turn to Intel's Stewart Christie who states in the video demo below that the new porting tool can take an iOS app and convert it to HTML 5 making it available for other devices.
Samsung Electronics Vice President Choi Jong-deok, joint chairman of the Tizen Technical Steering Group (TSG), said, "I am sure that Tizen will be a third mobile OS in the near future with smartphones and TVs based on it scheduled to be released. Skeptics who say that Web apps cannot catch up with native apps are wrong, and smooth 3D graphic effects are also available with Web apps."
KT Managing Director Lee Eung-ho, who delivered a keynote speech on behalf of Korean mobile carriers, added, "Google is now going closed, not to meet the original intention of diversity and openness, and Tizen will be the best alternative to it because it focuses on the philosophy of openness and sharing."
The Tizen Association noted in a press release on Monday that they've added 36 new members including Sharp, Panasonic, eBay and others.
The report finally noted that the first Tizen phone is expected to be released via NTT DoCoMo and Orange in the first quarter of next year. Industry insiders are predicting that Samsung Electronics will unveil its Tizen phone at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2014 or the Mobile World Congress the following month.