The Tizen Developers Conference in San Francisco has already kicked off, but the big news won’t come until May 24. Samsung and Intel are expected to unveil Tizen 2.1 tomorrow morning. The two firms could possibly announce the first Tizen handset as well.
According to Tizen Indonesia, the new mobile OS (nicknamed Nectarine during development) is almost ready to launch and Samsung should be able to release the first Tizen smartphone by July 2013 in Europe and Japan. There’s no word when it will launch in America, if ever.
Tomorrow’s keynote will feature the co-chairs of the Tizen Technical Steering Group: General Manager of the Intel Open Source Technology Center Imad Sousou and Samsung Executive VP Jong-Deok Choi.
Tizen Indonesia also reported that Tizen 2.1 will offer several new features, including a unique UI. Samsung is expected to use its best hardware available to make sure the new handset is a success. Though, if the Galaxy S4 is any indication, that could mean another plastic handset.
We’ve been hearing rumors since last December that a Tizen handset was coming this year, right around the time Samsung officially announced its intention to sell its own Tizen devices. Samsung used to sell devices powered by Bada, which it also created before merging that platform into Tizen.