Tizen is a Linux-based operating system that’s strongly backed by Intel and Samsung, among others. While its Linux roots could make it an appealing option to hackers, geeks, and open source enthusiasts, it isn’t really designed to giveĀ you more control over your device — it’s designed to give hardware companies and wireless carriers more flexibility and another alternative to Android, iOS, and Windows Phone.

But now that Samsung and Google are playing nice and sharing intellectual property, does it still make sense for the world’s biggest seller of Android phones to try branching out with a new operating system?

Maybe… the company has been working with Tizen for years, and plans to show off some of its first devices at Mobile World Congress in late February. Whether these phones will ever actually launch to the public remains to be seen.

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2 replies on “Lilbits (1-28-2014): Does Samsung still need Tizen?”

  1. I’m interested in Sailfish and Ubuntu Touch. Ubuntu Touch has the same repos as the desktop version so I can install all the same packages I do on my notebook. I use a lot of command line utilties with Bash/Python scripts and modify several files in the file system (one time or based on context). Sailfish allows for this also but a little less so than Ubuntu Touch because from what I’ve seen, the repos for Sailfish/Jolla doesn’t have very many packages.

    So my question is, does Tizen allow these kinds of things or is it as limited as a typical Android phone from a desktop Linux user point of view?

    Thanks.

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