Tizen Is Poised To Challenge Google And Apple In 2013 For Mobile Platform Supremacy
For years now, the two major choices for smartphones, operating systems, and platforms has been Apple’s iOS (iPhone) or Google’s Android technology. In layman’s terms, pretty much any phone that is not made by Apple has traditionally been considered an Android phone. However, there is an up-and-comer in 2013 poised to challenge the Apple and Google for smartphone supremacy. Tizen is ready to take the world by storm.
The Little Tizen That Could
The majority of the world would say that they have never heard of a company called Tizen, but Tizen has been around for quite some time. Years ago EFL (Enlightenment Foundation Libraries) and Samsung teamed up to create a Linux based mobile platform known as LiMo (Linux Mobile). In 2011, Intel came onboard the LiMo project partnership. The name LiMo was discarded and Tizen was born.
Even more companies joined the party in 2012, when Sprint became a Tizen Association member. The LiMo Foundation renamed itself the Tizen Association, once Sprint was officially onboard. 2012 also saw the release of an initial platform code base known as Magnolia. The second version of the Tizen mobile platform, known as Tizen 2.0, is scheduled to be released near the beginning of February 2013.
Local marketing experts feel Tizen has the right players on the team to challenge or compete with Apple and Google. Even an outsider can guess that Samsung will provide the hardware, while Sprint provides the network. The Daily Yomiuri, a prominent publication in Japan has reported that Tizen is scheduled to launch its first smartphone sometime in 2013. Rumors and reports have already begun spreading. They are saying that the largest Japanese wireless provider (NTT Docomo), one of the largest UK providers (Vodafone), and a French provider (France Telecom) are all ready to begin supporting Tizen the moment their smartphones are unleashed on the general public.Continued on the next page