There has been an ongoing conversation about Tizen demise and discontinuation. This started with reports that Samsung had postponed the release of the much awaited Tizen based Samsung device that was expected in the third quarter of 2013. Well, industry insider Eldar Mutarzin of Mobile Review commented saying that it was not just postponing but actually an end to the project.
Then the furore errupted! Media was all over like wildfire with news that Tizen is on it’s death-bead. I like Tizen and have been keen on it since it was formed. I think it’s due to Nokia N9, the love-child that was loved by all.
Intel is quoted as to have confirmed that the Tizen project is still on track and that there is ongoing commitment from Intel to grow Tizen Operating system.
Recent quote from Christopher Croteau Managing Director, Intel Software and Services Group as seen below:
Intel is very committed to the development of Tizen. We see a unique role for Tizen in the industry to create and to grow a new, open and flexible, mobile operating system that allows developers to “write once/run on many devices”. Tizen has received broad industry support through the Tizen Association and has achieved major milestones this year including establishing the storefront, releasing the Tizen 2.1 source code, the Tizen IVI 2.0 and the Tizen 2.2 Beta SDK that was just released yesterday.
Samsung followed that up with reaffirming that the Tizen based smartphone is still on track, but was keen to mention that there needs to be a ready eco-system around the OS and device before they get going.
“Samsung has been Actively working on Tizen eco-system together with Tizen Association members and partners. The first Tizen based smartphone will be released in cooperation with mobile operators and eco-system partners. Samsung is committed to delivering the best mobile experience based on the open platform and a fully-ready eco-system around it. “