Doesn’t want to be totally in hock to Android
Korean giant Samsung has confirmed plans to release multiple phones running on its new Tizen platform in 2013, in a counter to Google’s acquisition of Motorola last year and in a bid to ease its dependence on the search giant’s Android OS.
Tizen, developed in conjunction with Intel, is Linux based like Android and as such is expected to make it easier for developers to port their apps across.
Also, as Android is developed from Sun Microsystem’s Java – now owned by Oracle – Samsung now has the wind behind of it of a recent US court ruling that there was nothing unlawful about Google copying large amounts of Linux API material to build an open programming environment for its Android apps community.
It means that if Google were to sue Samsung over Tizen, it would be effectively contradicting its own stance on copyright as previously outlined through the courts.
Oracle is still appealing the earlier court ruling – the outcome of which could result in either Google paying it massive patent fees or, on the opposite side of the scales, allowing Tizen development to continue unfettered.
Meanwhile in a statement Samsung has confirmed its intention to release “competitive” Tizen devices in 2013, with the aim of expanding the number of devices using it pending market conditions.
As well as Intel, Japan’s NTT DoCoMo and Britain’s Vodafone Group are involved in developing the new open source platform, having formed the Tizen Association in 2012.