All Of Samsung’s New Smart TVs Will Now Be Powered By Tizen OS
Samsung’s Tizen has had a rough beginning in its relatively short life. The first Tizen smartphone was postponed and after a later attempt at launching another Tizen-based smartphone – Z1, the launch got delayed from 2014 to January 2015.
So to bring the operating system back to life, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd announced that all of its upcoming smart TV products being launched in 2015 will be powered by the Tizen OS, which will indirectly increase the usage of the software.
Smart TVs have become popular over the years because of the additional functions they offers, like video streaming and web browsing capabilities. Samsung demonstrated TV sets powered by Tizen at developer conferences last year.
“We are focusing our efforts on Tizen right now,” Kim Hyun-suk, Samsung’s president of visual display business, told Reuters in an interview. “We hope that other TV makers will also use it and help build an ecosystem that will help the platform grow.”
Tizen’s products include a few amount of devices, including smartwatches and cameras, despite being developed and supported by the one of the leading smartphone and TV maker. The most visible effort has been made by Samsung on the software front which is seen in the software platform. But still, Tizen has failed to take off, partly due to Samsung’s failure in launching a smartphone powered by the system.
With Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android grabbing large portions of the market share cake, analysts are doubtful about Tizen’s life, regardless of Samsung’s dominance in the smartphone sector. Developers say that until there is a meaningful user base for Tizen, there won’t be any motivation to make innovative apps for the system – which are extremely important for Samsung to encourage users to try the new OS out.
While the launch of Tizen-based TVs will increase the platform’s user base, it is still vague whether only smart TVs will be able to garner enough developer’s interest or not. Users of smart TVs tend to use fewer apps than they would on smartphones. Still, the operating system is expected to play a key role in Samsung’s smart-home business.
Tizen can also run on devices with low computing power such as refrigerators and washing machines, which can offer users a way to monitor and control such devices remotely. Samsung has not given any sales targets for its Tizen-powered TVs so far.