The very first Tizen-powered smartphones, netbooks and in-vehicle infotainment systems are expected to launch during the second half of this year, according to one industry report. Tizen, which was originally announced in September 2011, combines aspects of Intel’s MeeGo platform as well as Samsung’s LiMo operating system and is expected to launch to manufacturers at the end of next month. There are some heavy lifters supporting the new OS, too.
The Tizen Association, a joint venture between Samsung, the Linux Foundation and Intel, includes big name board members such as Sprint, Vodafone, SK Telecom, Telefonica, NTT docomo, Orange, NEC, Panasonic and HTC.
DigiTimes said Monday that Acer, HTC and Asus will be among the first manufacturers to launch Tizen products. HTC is reportedly developing products based off of the new mobile operating system, presumably phones of some sort, and Acer and Asus are reportedly working on Tizen-powered netbooks that will allegedly launch before the end of the third quarter. The two firms will first launch the netbooks in an effort to “test the waters” for consumer interest in emerging markets.