Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Mar 2013 17:09 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Yesterday, during the most insane launch event in the history of technology, Samsung unveiled its next big flagship, the Galaxy S4. I really couldn't care less about this new phone - another plastic phone that looks exactly like its predecessor - but the flurry of interviews with Samsung executives that followed is far more interesting. With them, Samsung has repositioned Tizen - and if you connect the dots, something interesting is starting to appear.
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RE: Surprise!
by cdude on Sat 16th Mar 2013 11:55 UTC in reply to "Surprise!"
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> how this offers anything unique from Android

That's the point. There is or will be no huge difference. Add Touchwiz on top of Tizen and make Android apps run there and you have an Android. Users my not able to tell a difference.

And that is the goal. Samsung took Android and added own gimmicks, inventing on top. They can do the same with Tizen. No difference for the user but with Tizen Samsung has full control of there stack unlike with Android where Google has that control.

Its never good to depend on the good will of some other company. Granted that Samsung's Android dependency is way different then e.g. Nokia's WP dependency cause Samsung has the Android code and licensing allows them to turn that everytime into an own product, to drive forward, to extend from the Kernel to the UI. But its still a competative advantage Google has. They could stop opensourcing newer versions or just publish them month after Moto uses it already.

Watch out what Samsung does here. Its a winning strategy. You need inhouse control of your stack to keep in the game else you end like Nokia.

Edited 2013-03-16 11:58 UTC

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