Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th May 2012 11:56 UTC, submitted by nej_simon
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Tizen reached 1.0 only recently, but there's already a Tizen Conference going on - and during that conference, Samsung had a relatively barebones reference device running Tizen 1.0. The Handheld Blog has a seven minute video of the device in action, and while I'm very happy big players are investing in all these alternative platforms, I do have to wonder - how viable are they?
Thread beginning with comment 517391
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
JonathanBThompson
Member since:
2006-05-26

Depends on a combination of factors, with the first and most important one being that of gaining critical mass with carriers that love to have control over what can/can't be done with phones, and their OSes.

The second one is developers: if they don't perceive enough market (made possible by carrier approval) they'll run for the hills.

The third one is the users: if the carriers don't come out with phones in cooperation with the developers and seeding them to some degree (however that's arranged) there won't be nearly enough apps to explain to potential users why they should pick this phone (or the OS, at least) over any other one, because they want to play Angry Birds or use Facebook.

Then, of course: there's also hardware makers and what information they make available about their hardware, and if they'll put or make feasible to install this on their phones. But, largely, this needs to be a cooperation at all times between the hardware makers, the OSS developers, AND the carriers, or this is doomed to being just another (maybe) pretty face lost in the confusion and uncaring world about another mobile platform. Sure, some computer geeks could buy into it, but there aren't nearly enough to make this remotely viable, because that's just a hobby in the grand scheme of things. If Microsoft has to fight hard to get any traction despite being who they are and their resources and money they can use to pay off hardware makers and carriers as they see fit, what logical reason is there for something just coming out and likely not feature-complete is going to have a snowball's chance in hell against iOS and Android and Windows Phone, heck, even RIM's latest mutations based on rock-solid QNX for the kernel stuff?

Conclusion: this will be relegated to hobby OS status, much like Haiku and BeOS have been, for much the same reasons, only more extreme.

Reply Score: 2