Tizen-based devices to appear in second half of 2012
Intel and Samsung Electronics’ co-developed operating system Tizen is expected to be released in late June with Tizen-based devices such as smartphones, netbooks and in-vehicle infotainment to appear in the second half of 2012, according to sources from PC players.
Intel and Samsung announced their cooperation in September 2011 to develop a new operating system platform based on Intel’s MeeGo and Samsung’s LiMo platforms. The two firms formed the Tizen Association with board members including telecom carriers and IT players such as NTT docomo, Orange, NEC, Panasonic, Sprint, Vodafone, SK Telecom and Telefonica. The association is also working closely with the Linux foundation.
Taiwan-based players including Acer, Asustek Computer and High Tech Computer (HTC) are reportedly also supporting the Tizen project with HTC already planning Tizen-based products.
Asustek and Acer are also set to launch Tizen-based netbooks before the end of the third quarter to test the water, and are mainly targeting emerging markets.