It was rumored recently that Samsung would release an early successor to its Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch, and those rumors have proven truthful with an announcement late last night that Samsung has two new editions of the Gear, both running Tizen OS instead of Android.
It might seem strange that Samsung would choose to release a Galaxy Gear follow-up only five months after the original first went on sale, but the next smartwatch will be different from the first thanks to a new operating system.
Tizen may die out before the operating system even has a chance to officially enter the world. The upstart OS developed by Samsung and Intel has lost several carrier supporters in the run-up to its debut.
The long-delayed Tizen operating system spearheaded by Samsung and Intel won't be released until later this year, but Samsung has chosen to host a press event on February 23rd to showcase progress of and concepts of what consumers can expect when Tizen finally goes on sale
Samsung has confirmed long-running suspicions that Tizen, its long-delayed operating system developed with Intel, will not launch in the United States. Well, at least not a Samsung-developed Tizen phone any time soon.
Tizen, the smartphone operating system spearheaded by Samsung and Intel, has formed partnerships with a few dozen new companies. The list of members is a mix of familiar names and upstarts who have all signed on to help build the operating system.
When Samsung reiterated plans to abandon its Bada OS in favor of developing Tizen with Intel, the company said that it would release multiple Tizen devices by the end of the year. So far only one Tizen has been released, and it isn't the phone we expected.
Samsung will abandon its own Bada OS in favor of Tizen, the Linux-based smartphone operating system the company has been developing with Intel. The low-end market will lose one OS and gain another with its best features later this year.
Sprint has announced that it has joined the Tizen Association, which oversees the development of the open-source Tizen smartphone platform. Sprint is the first North American carrier to join the group, and it joins NTT DOCOMO, Orange, SK telecom, Telefónica, and Vodafone, which are already members.
Tizen, the open-source smartphone OS project that features support from Intel, Panasonic, Samsung, and various carriers, has reached version 1.0 status. The Tizen 1.0 Larkspur edition is the first non-beta release of the platform, and it features improved connectivity and web browsing abilities. Developers can download the source code and SDK to create apps for the platform now. Tizen's developers say that there will be frequent updates for the platform released over the coming weeks.