First HTC Tizen phone could show Android how it’s done
Heard of Tizen? It’s the latest operating system on the block, more flexible than Android, and able to deliver the same experience across multiple devices. Big things are expected, with Tizen tipped by some to be a serious Android rival. Starting with a new HTC Tizen phone rumoured to launch later this year.
One of Android’s biggest problems is in its fragmentation. There are now so many Android devices, with many running slightly different versions of the OS, leading to apps being compatible with some Android devices, and not others, compared to the handful of devices that run Windows Phone 7 and iOS. Here’s where Tizen comes in.
Tizen is an open source platform from Samsung and Intel, capable of reproducing the same user experience across multiple devices such as smartphones. The flexible OS delivers a powerful user interface, and brings talents such as 3D effects, advanced multimedia capabilities, multi-tasking and multitouch compatibility to any smartphone it may appear on. That’s the promise.
Digitimes reports that HTC is planning a Tizen device of its own. While that is big news in itself, it spells further repercussions for Google and its Android interface. However, it is worth noting that the report fails to mention a known source, so take the above with some salt.
Should Tizen prove a huge success, we could see a wave of Tizen phones replace Android as HTC’s favoured operating system, and in future, become a favoured interface for other phone manufacturers, including Samsung.
Imagine how big a Tizen-powered Samsung Galaxy S4 could become. Stay tuned for more Tizen-related developments as we hear them. Is there room for a fourth major operating system alongside Android, iOS and Windows Phone? Let us know what you think in the comments below.