So much of our Tizen coverage is focused on Samsung that’s it’s easy to forget that this is not some one-man show. Up front, we’ve got Samsung and Intel in the lead, but there are a number of other companies involved as members and partners of the Tizen Association. Those include OEMs like Huawei, as well as carriers and software firms. This week, a whole bunch of new names join the effort, including a couple you should recognize.
Out of the 15 new Tizen Association members, the most interesting may be ZTE. Along with Huawei, it represents one of the more prominent OEMs to get involved with Tizen; sure there are others like Panasonic and Sharp, but Panasonic’s backing away from phones anyway, and Sharp lacks quite the same international presence.
Another noteworthy addition is Sprint; before all the carriers interested in Tizen were the likes NTT DoCoMo and LG U+ – big players, sure, but in nations abroad. Sprint stands out as being the first US carrier to get on board with the program.
With only 36 partners and 10 member companies before, this addition of 15 new partners marks some sizable growth for the Tizen Association. We’re still nervous to see how the public will respond once the first Tizen phones go up for sale, but with a growing contingent of companies supporting the platform, it may stand a better chance than it’s getting credit for.
And if you’re curious (since someone’s bound to ask), the other 13 new members are AccuWeather, Ixonos, Acrodea, Nomovok, Baidu, Piceasoft, CloudStreet, Red Bend, Software, Cyberlightning, SoftBank Mobile, DynAgility, Gamevil, and Inside Secure