Intel, Samsung to develop mobile platform codenamed Tizen

By on September 28, 2011, 7:30 PM

Intel has partnered with Samsung to develop a new mobile platform codenamed Tizen. The project is expected to find a home on smartphones, tablets and netbooks as well as embedded products like smart TVs and in-vehicle entertainment systems, says Ars Technica.

The open-source platform will be Linux-based and as such, the Linux Foundation will host the project which will be steered by teams from Intel and Samsung. The project will be centered on HTML5 and other web standards.

In a statement on the MeeGo website, Intel’s director of open source technology Imad Sousou says that the future belongs to HTML5-based applications and the company wants to shift their investment toward that. Sousou indicates that they will be working hard to ensure a smooth user transition from MeeGo to Tizen. We are told to expect the first release of Tizen in early 2012.

In February 2010 Intel partnered with Nokia to create a mobile operating system called MeeGo which combined Intel’s Moblin and Nokia’s Maemo platform’s into one. The joint OS never really gained traction and earlier this year, Nokia left Intel to partner with Microsoft to make Windows Phone their primary smartphone platform.

Earlier this month DigiTimes reported that Intel planned to temporarily halt development of MeeGo due to a lack of enthusiasm from handset and tablet vendors. Intel refuted the claim and said they will continue to work with the community to develop and meet the needs of customers and end users. In light of this latest news, it seems Intel wasn’t as committed to MeeGo after all.

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Guest said:

Samsung is in a great position these days.

They're in practically any and every technology-related field, and they've got the ability to manufacture every component used in electronics in-house, something no other company can do.

All these partnerships ought to be doing wonders for them.

aj_the_kidd said:

A little competition is good, not sure how successful it will be, given the juggernaut that Android and iOS have become

Butch said:

Saw this coming after the Google/Motorola deal. However, it will have to be something special to compete with Android/iOS.

Jibberish18 said:

You know what, WinPhone is an arguably more advanced, polished and intuitive OS than iOS and Android and it to is trying to stand up behind the previous two OS's. And Intel already tried this crap with Nokia. But something tells me that they'd have more success with Samsung (Samsung just seems more committed and organized where as Nokia couldn't get their shit together for the longest) Makes you wonder though, why not just pick up webOS? Maybe Intel will be doing the creating while Samsung will just license? I don't know!

Guest said:

Well Jibberish18, make sure you go out and get one of those more advanced, polished and intuitive phones.

Sometimes it just seems that all you say is jiberish!

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