Is Tizen going to be the next big smartphone operating system upstart? We first heard of the project last fall, with news that Samsung and Intel were getting together to work on developing the open-source platform, after Nokia closed up shop on MeeGo. Things have been pretty quiet since then, although we have gotten the opportunity to look at a Tizen developer’s handset (above), and examined rumors that Samsung might use devices running the OS as an opportunity to test the waters for its Super AMOLED HD Plus display tech. If any new smartphone platform is going to have a meaningful impact, though, it’s going to need broad manufacturer support; to that end, some new rumors look to the possibility of Acer, ASUS, and HTC all planning to release Tizen gear sometime during the second half of the year.
Tizen is envisioned as platform that’s as at home on a smartphone as it is on a tablet, netbook, or in an embedded system. Supposedly, Acer and ASUS are thinking about getting their first experiences with Tizen by releasing netbooks sometime before the end of Q3. There’s no word on if they also may be interested in Tizen smartphones, but this is at least where they might get started.
HTC, on the other hand, if it’s to have some sort of Tizen hardware available before 2013, would presumably start with either a smartphone or a tablet.
These claims arrive courtesy of Digitimes, and with its track record we’re going to need to see some additional evidence before lending too much weight to the news.
The idea of an another new smartphone platform may seem a little unnecessary to some, but we’re still excited for the chance to see a fresh take on what a mobile OS should be.