Samsung to Announce its First Tizen OS Smartphone at MWC 2014?
More than a year after announcing its plans to merge Bada with the Linux-based Tizen, Samsung seems ready to launch devices running on the Tizen OS at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014.
According to ITNews, members of Tizen (which include Samsung and Intel) have sent out email invitations for an event taking place one day before MWC 2014. The annual event takes place from 24th February to 27th February in Barcelona.
While the invitation did not specify the types of devices to be shown, it promises "an exclusive sneak preview of the newest Tizen devices as well as an opportunity to learn about the major milestones that the Tizen project has hit since last year's event."
Getting commercial devices running on Tizen OS to the market and consumers is critical in the success of a platform. With Mozilla launching Firefox OS in 16 countries by end of the year and reports of a Firefox tablet coming soon, it is important that Samsung, being the world's biggest phone maker, demonstrates its commitment to Tizen by showing commercial devices.
The Linux Foundation and the LiMo Foundation issued a joint statement to announce the launch of Tizen two years ago. It was seen as a compelling alternative to Google Android as Tizen offers Intel, Samsung, and other hardware makers access to a mobile operating system without excessive fees or restrictions.