Hello Tizen Enthusiasts. Alvin Kim, one of the Samsung Electronics engineers has stated at the Samsung Developer Conference in London that the big Korean company does not to replace Android with Tizen, but to create an environment where the two can coexist in the future.
For now, Samsung cannot afford to replace Android with Tizen, but since Tizen is open-source, it may benefit from the community’s help, when enough Tizen powered devices will be released.
To my mind, it’s all about revenue and marketing, when/if Tizen gets popular enough, it will have its own Store and this brings money. Also, Samsung’s initiative to create Tizen Lite, an Android compatible system that does works on smartphones with low hardware may boost Tizen’s popularity very fast.
Also, Tizen recently got 36 new partners, including: eBay, Nokia HERE, Konami, McAfee, Panasonic, Sharp, Systena and TrendMicro and with this support, it has real chances on becoming an important Android competitor sooner or later.
As a reminder, Tizen is an Android compatible, Linux based system, developed by Samsung in collaboration with Intel and sponsored by the Linux Foundation. Despite the fact that Samsung is involved, the first tablet running on Tizen has been created by a japanese manufacturer and aims to provide both documentation and a testing environment for developers and Tizen enthusiasts. While Samsung Redwood Z9005 (the first Tizen based smartphone developed by Samsung) has been announced, a Tizen Running Samsung Galaxy S4 may be released in 2014. Samsung has also created the Samsung NX 300M camera, the first camera running on Tizen.