02-06-2014, 10:06 #1
[EN] Samsung launches first Tizen phone
Samsung Electronics has launched the world's first smartphone powered by the Tizen operating system.
The Samsung Z will go on sale in Russia in the July-to-September quarter.
Most Samsung phones currently use the Android platform, but the South Korean firm has been working with chipmaker Intel to develop Tizen as an alternative operating system.
It is seen as a way to make Samsung less dependent on Android's developer, Google.
"It enables Samsung to hedge its bets much better compared to some of its rivals," Andrew Milroy, a vice president with consulting firm Frost & Sullivan, told the BBC.
"However, it is unlikely to make a significant dent on the Android market share."
The company will show off the phone at the Tizen Developer Conference, being held this week in San Francisco.
It did not disclose the device's price.
Samsung is currently the world's best-selling Android device manufacturer.
However, many other rivals such as HTC, Sony, LG and Huawei also use the operating system to power some of their devices.
As the competition in the smartphone sector increases, and growth rates slow, Samsung has been looking at ways to maintain its lead over rivals.
One of the areas that Samsung has been working on is Tizen - a new open source operating system for its gadgets.
"Samsung is seeking to integrate its own components, displays, software and services," said Ian Fogg from the IHS consultancy.
"Using Android makes the firm dependent on Google, meaning its ability to differentiate its products is less strong than if it had installed its own operating system.
"But by going down the Tizen route, the risk is the firm doesn't have enough high quality apps available to make the devices good enough for consumers."
Samsung has taken steps to try to encourage software creators.
It said that in order to "encourage more developers to join, the Tizen Store would provide a special promotional program to all developers for one year".
Having its own app store could help Samsung generate more revenue from app downloads.
That is because currently customers who purchase apps on Android-powered phones typically funnel revenue to Google rather than Samsung itself.
However, Mr Milroy agreed that Samsung faced a huge challenge in attracting customers to the Tizen Store.
"They have come late to the party and its going to take a long time to create an ecosystem that can rival and compete with Android, iOS or Microsoft."
Tizen is also seen by some as being attractive to app developers as it has promised to run software written in the HTML5 web language smoothly.
Mozilla's Firefox OS also relies on HTML5, offering developers the prospect of cross-platform compatibility in which they can write a single version of their app for multiple operating systems, helping cut costs and coding time.
HTML5-based apps can also be made to work on Android and iOS.
But last year developers, including Google and Facebook, faced performance issues when they released products using it, and later switched to native versions.
Samsung itself delayed the launch of the first smartphones using the operating system.
However, the firm has been looking to adapt the operating system in various gadgets of late.
The latest version of its smartwatch - Galaxy Gear 2 - uses Tizen, unlike its Android-powered predecessor.
On Sunday, Samsung announced that it would release a software development kit for TVs that allows developers to build applications for Tizen-based TVs.
03-06-2014, 17:42 #2
Samsung's Tizen TV: First LookSamsung is looking to integrate the Tizen operating system into a number of different devices and, not surprisingly, TVs are at the top of the list. At the Tizen Developers Conference in San Francisco, Samsung showed a prototype Tizen TV and how it would work. Most intriguing was the Web-based remote control, which you can use on any smartphone. We went hands-on to see if Tizen will take over your living room.
The Tizen TV interface has a flat look that's in vogue with all mobile OS makers these days. Along the left side is a menu with tabs for Live TV, Photo and Video, Music, Apps, and Source. Through this, you can access not only live content, but your personal content as well. This isn't a huge departure from current smart TVs, but we like how the interface looks.
The TV is paired with a remote control that allows you to move the cursor on screen by physically moving the remote with your hand. This not only lets you navigate through menus, but also lets you play games, similar to what you can do on the Roku 3. Despite its small size, the remote felt very comfortable in our hand, and moving it through the air felt natural to us.
Taking the idea of a remote control a step further, Tizen developed a Web-based remote that you can control your TV with using any smartphone on the same Wi-Fi network as the TV. Pairing the two devices was simple. A keyboard appears on the TV screen, and displays a URL as well as a QR code. Either enter the URL or snap a picture of the code, and your phone's Web browser will open to a page showing TV controls for channel and volume.
A second screen turns the whole display into a large touchpad, which is useful for browsing the Web on your TV. We were impressed that there was little to no latency when moving the cursor around.
Samsung hopes that other TV manufacturers will also incorporate Tizen into their Smart TVs, too. Financially, it could make a lot more sense, as LG, Samsung and Sony, among others, wouldn't have to spend additional resources developing their own proprietary Smart TV platforms. Instead, they would skin or modify a common operating system.
03-06-2014, 17:44 #3
Un vistazo más profundo al Gear 2 Neo de Samsung
La versión más económica del reloj inteligente con el nuevo sistema operativo Tizen, capacidad de almacenar música y controlar tu televisor.
04-06-2014, 11:24 #4
Annual Tizen developer conference: chicken-egg problemSamsung Electronics has lots of work to do to attract developers to write software for its homegrown mobile operating system, Tizen.
That was evident from the attendance at the company’s third annual Tizen developer conference at a San Francisco hotel this week. About 600 or so attendees showed up to watch Tuesday’s keynote, when Samsung Executive Vice President Jong Deok Choi showed off the first smartphone and smart TV powered by Tizen. Perhaps ten times that number showed up for the keynote at Apple’s developer conference the day before. And thousands more watched online.
Samsung is pushing the new operating system so it can control its own destiny. It sells more mobile devices than any other company, but today the vast majority run Google’s Android operating system, making it hard for Samsung to differentiate its devices among dozens of Android competitors.
Considering that there aren’t any Tizen smartphones on the market yet — the first one will launch in Russia in the third quarter — it was a testament to Samsung’s backing for the platform that had developers investigating the nascent operating system.
Microsoft sent a team from Skype to hear Samsung’s pitch, for instance, though none would comment about the company’s plans.
“Samsung is one of the largest companies out there,” said Benjamin Curley, Manager of Systems Operations for cloud phone service Line2, “You’ve gotta pay attention.”
Curley said he’s not yet sure if Line2 will develop its app for Tizen, but he was there with a colleague to investigate whether it would be easy to repurpose his company’s Android app for the new platform.
The problem for Tizen is chicken-egg. It needs developers to make great apps in order to entice consumers to buy devices, but developers aren’t inclined to devote energy to the platform until consumers start buying them.
Vidal Graupera, the Director of Engineering for Walmart Labs, which works on technology for the giant retailer, was enthusiastic in particular about Samsung’s Gear2 smartwatch running Tizen. But he thinks the operating system will have to go “mainstream” before many big companies would want to develop for it.
Samsung nevertheless is pushing hard this year to launch more Tizen-based products.
Choi, unveiling the prototype Tizen TV at the conference said: “For the first time in three years, today we can finally show multiple Tizen products on the market…read my lips, this will be on the market very soon.”
04-06-2014, 13:17 #5
With Tizen, Samsung takes on Google and AppleSamsung has been rolling out some big news over the past week, starting with the Samsung Simband, wrist hardware (or “reference architecture”) for wearable health sensors, and Samsung SAMI (Samsung Architecture for Multimodal Interactions), an open health data cloud platform.
Then on Monday the South Korean electronics giant announced its long-awaited smartphone based on the Tizen mobile operating system, developed in conjunction with chipmaker Intel, making official what the rest of the industry already knew: Samsung – the world’s No. 1 manufacturer of Android-based devices – intends to compete directly with Google in the mobile OS space.
But another event at this week’s Tizen Developers Conference in San Francisco underscores Samsung’s grand plans for Tizen and its willingness to compete against powerful technology giants. The company demonstrated a Tizen-powered smart home platform that enables users to control connected utilities and appliances through voice commands picked up by their Tizen smartphones (which right now means the Samsung Z) or smartwatches (just the Gear 2, as of now).
Samsung announced its Smart Home Service two months ago, but Monday’s demo came on the same day that some company based in Cupertino announced a smart home platform at its own developers conference.
HomeKit, as CITEworld’s Ryan Faas writes, is “the new platform for home automation that Apple has developed with partners who are already providing smart or connected in-home products like lightbulbs, switches, and locks.”
Getting into the ring with Google and Apple almost simultaneously seems a bit crazy, but you can’t say Samsung lacks for ambition.
Further, the Internet of Things opens up huge opportunities for the companies that can figure it out first (and market the hardest). And while Apple is a formidable competitor, Samsung’s not exactly a boot-strapping start-up.
But Apple has at least one distinct advantage at the “smart home” (and by extension, “smart office”) starting line. As Tom’s Guide points out, iPhone owners who want to use HomeKit only have to upgrade to iOS 8, while the many millions of consumers who own Samsung-made Android phones (and anyone else who’s interested) will have to buy a Tizen phone. Basically, Apple is starting the race with a running start.
Given that the Internet of Things seems to be a vast Land of Opportunity, Apple’s early edge may not matter in the long run, especially if Tizen can grab a detectable chunk of the mobile OS market. After all, iOS’s global share of the smartphone OS global market was 17.6% in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to IDC.
That being said, Apple device owners are a loyal group, so it’s likely that a healthy percentage of them will eagerly embrace HomeKit. Tizen owners? There really aren’t any yet. The Samsung Z won't go on sale until the third quarter, and even then it can only be purchased in Russia.
Tizen has a long slog ahead, but Samsung appears committed to its homegrown OS. If it's not at least in third place in the smartphone OS market a year from now -- and the current No. 3 is Windows Phone, with 3.0% of the market -- well, that might be a problem.