Of all the upstart mobile platforms under development, Tizen may have some of the strongest names backing it. Intel and Samsung are leading the pack, and we’ve heard that Acer, ASUS, and HTC are all interested in developing hardware that runs Tizen. We’re anxious to see how Tizen’s received by smartphone users, and just as much, we’re curious to finally get a look at the first hardware to run the platform. That may end up being a familiar face, upon the discover of certification paperwork that seems to suggest Samsung’s been working on a Tizen-running version of the Galaxy S III.
The phone shows up in WiFi Alliance paperwork as the “GT-I9300_Tizen”. You should recognize that as the model number for the international version of the GS3, with “Tizen” appended on the end.
It’s entirely possible that Samsung is just testing Tizen out on some existing hardware for the sake of convenience, but if that’s the case, why go to the trouble of having the device certified? And certainly, it would make a lot of sense to not roll the dice on both new hardware and new software all at once, so maybe Samsung finds comfort introducing Tizen on familiar GS3 hardware.