Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th Oct 2013 22:36 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Systena began shipping what appears to be the first new mobile device to run the Linux-based Tizen OS. Aimed at developers in Japan, the Systena tablet runs Tizen 2.1 on a quad-core, 1.4GHz Cortex-A9 system-on-chip, features a 10.1-inch (1920 x 1200) display, and offers 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.

Is anyone here using Tizen? Is there even something you can run it on besides this tablet?

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Tizen is a hedge
by mbpark on Sun 27th Oct 2013 20:35 UTC
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Tizen is in case Samsung ends up upsetting Google by co-opting Android or the devices to the point where they upset the business relationship. Considering that Samsung has their hands in everything, especially displays and RAM (http://www.isuppli.com/Teardowns/News/Pages/US-Made-MotoXs-Cost-Com...) for Apple, Motorola, and Nokia, this is an insurance strategy.

I don't see this happening anytime soon, however.

Samsung already has an Intel-based tablet running Android. They are big enough to be able to handle diversifying, esp. if Intel is able to score a few more wins for phones and tablets. I do not see them having to use this OS. After all, didn't they just kill Bada?

If I was a device manufacturer looking to put out cheap devices, why would I bother with an unproven OS when I can get any number of OEM designs on the cheap from China that run Android or a similar OS? That cuts down my BOM and development costs significantly. Retailers will stock Android more than something they do not know.

The one player I see succeeding in this space, if they don't screw it up, is Microsoft. They will own the Asha phones and the S40 OS. I want to see what they will do with them or if they will let them rot like so many of their other acquisitions.

It's an excellent hobby/backup plan OS. However, there's too large of an ecosystem out there with Android to ignore. Short of Google doing something to really upset a lot of companies, there's no chance of seeing a Tizen device in Best Buy anytime soon.

That's not to say they can't get a niche market.

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