January 2, 2015
In an effort to expand the company’s software capabilities, Samsung announced that its Tizen operating system would be widely adopted in its smart TVs beginning this year. According to the company, the Tizen operating system will allow Samsung’s Internet-connected TVs to sync with other CE devices, including smartphones, via a Wi-Fi connection that enables content sharing. While availability has yet to be announced, the Tizen-based televisions will be showcased at the 2015 International CES next week.
Samsung has been developing Tizen with Intel for years as an alternative to Google’s Android operating system. However, the company has yet to release a Tizen smartphone, due primarily to lack of developer support.
“The majority of Samsung’s smartphones use Android, but Google controls the user experience and is increasingly tightening rules on how much Android handset makers such as Samsung can modify their phones to attract new consumers,” reports The Wall Street Journal. “That has led Samsung to develop Tizen as an alternative, industry observers say.”
Samsung is currently the world leader in manufacturing smartphones, televisions and memory chips, but its mobile phone sales have been slipping in recent quarters. Tizen could provide a needed jumpstart to the company’s consumer electronics unit.