Samsung Starts Laying Out 2013 Tizen Plans
Samsung may currently be the biggest name on the block when it comes to Android devices, but for some time now we’ve been talking about the company’s intention to diversify its offerings a little bit. Sure, it has a Windows Phone presence, but when it comes to smartphones in general, Samsung business is hugely reliant on Android. While that’s led to the creation of some fantastic hardware, it also puts Samsung in a bit of an uncertain position, as it depends on Google’s efforts with continuing Android development. There’s been a good deal of discussion lately about where the new Tizen platform will fit into Samsung’s future lineup, as a bit of an Android alternative, and some rumors going as far as to suggest that the next Galaxy S handset could be a Tizen device. We still don’t have the answers to a lot of questions about Samsung and Tizen, but the company has at least begun to lay its cards on the table, issuing a statement about its plans for the OS in 2013.
Samsung says that this year it will be releasing “new, competitive Tizen devices”, and depending on the market’s response, it’s ready to start thinking about expanding just how big a slice Tizen takes out of its smartphone lineup.
Problem is, that still leaves plenty of uncertainty as to just where and when Tizen models will show up, and how high-profile Samsung might position them at first. The idea of a Galaxy S showcase Tizen may be a bit of a stretch, but depending on just how committed Samsung is to making Tizen part of its future, the idea isn’t entirely implausible (albeit pretty unlikely). For now, rumors suggest that Japan’s NTT DoCoMo will provide a home for at least one Tizen phone, but for more info, we’ll just have to wait.