A new report from Japanese blog RBMen claims that Samsung could “show off” Tizen 3.0 at a developer conference next week in Seoul, citing the company’s TV division head Kim Hyun-seok. The South Korean titan has been working on its own mobile OS for a while now, but we’re not expecting to see the first Tizen products hit the market until 2014.
Last month at the Samsung Developers Conference in California, one report suggested that the first Tizen smartphone won’t hit the market this year, but could be unveiled early next year at CES 2014. According to RBMen, the company will release a Tizen-powered Smart TV around the same time as part of an effort to provide a unified platform across its products. The software is also expected to run on digital cameras.
Samsung currently dominates the Android market, but the Galaxy-maker stocks Google’s OS with its own Touchwiz software. The South Korean company is working with Intel to design Tizen, an open-source HTLM5-based operating system that would help reduce its reliance on Android. Based on recent leaks showing the OS running on a Galaxy S III unit, Tizen offers a flat UI inspired in part by Windows Phone 8 while also incorporating TouchWiz features.