Although Samsung's Tizen operating platform may not find a place in smartphones anytime soon, the electronic giant at a recent developer summit said its new NX300M mirrorless smart camera would be the first official product to run the Tizen OS.
The revamped NX300M smart camera launched last month in Korea is already running a camera-focused build of the Tizen OS, even as Samsung had been relying on Android for some of its cameras thus far.
The South-Korean smartphone giant recently introduced the Tizen OS for its Galaxy S4, and has also released a few tablets with the new OS in the domestic market. Samsung is also planning to push its software to other gadgets and smart TVs.
The Tizen project was developed by the Linux Foundation and Limo Foundation, in an effort to compete with Android and Apple's iOS platform.
The operating system was revealed at the Mobile World Congress in February, where Samsung promised to launch its first Tizen-powered smartphone by the end of 2013. However, the launch has been pushed to the third quarter of 2014.
Tizen smartphones are believed to feature a new 64-bit architecture built on Intel and ARM chips, and a new 3D rendering engine. The smartphone will run the 2.2.1 version of the OS, with Samsung reportedly working on version 3.0 which brings multi-user accounts and other software tweaks.
While the Tizen OS is expected to be an alternative to Android, its wide acceptance is yet to be seen even as analysts believe its popularity will not possibly match that of the market-dominant Android platform.
by RTT Staff Writer
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