Now it looks like Sasmung could finally be ready to launch its first Tizen-based phones soon. The bloggers at Tizen Indonesia say “industry sources” say the first devices will hit five countries this fall.
First on the list appear to be the US, China, Russia, France, and Japan.
Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo had already announced plans to launch a Tizen smartphone called the Samsung Samuarai in the second half of 2013. I suspect the phone might have a different name if the same hardware is sold in different countries.
This won’t be Samsung’s first foray into a smartphone operating system that’s not operated by Google. The company offered its own Bada OS for a few years, but has since taken the core components of Bada and added them to the Tizen project.
It’s unlikely that Tizen will support a billion third party apps on day one, or have some of the other features that make Android attractive. But there’s one key feature that could make Tizen attractive to Samsung and wireless carriers: they have far more control over the OS than they do with Android, which is developed and controlled pretty tightly by Google.
Sure, Android is open source, but it’s largely developed behind closed doors and the source code is only released to manufacturers and to the public when Google’s good and ready. The source code for Android 3.0, for instance, wasn’t made public until after Android 4.0 was released. Google also requires device makers to meet certain requirements before it’ll allow them to use some of Android’s key software that’s not open source, including the Google Play Store, Gmail, and Google Maps apps.