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Tizen camp sees hope in wearables and cars

Mikael Ricknäs | June 2, 2014
Will smartwatches and cars give the Tizen OS the traction it hasn't gotten in smartphones? The OS's backers are getting their hopes up in advance of a developer conference next week.

Tizen's future success is very much dependent on Samsung putting out smartwatches, cameras, TVs and smartphones using the OS.

"That means you'll start to see a critical mass of devices that will make Tizen more interesting to developers. If that doesn't exist developers really aren't that fussed, they just don't care" Wood said.

Tizen is going to enter the market quietly, rather than with a big bang, according to Warner.

"My hope is that we'll continue to see this drum beat of devices come out that are running Tizen. I would also very much like to see a handset come out, and be well received," he said.

At Mobile World Congress, Samsung said it still intended to launch smartphones based on Tizen, but since then the company seems to have focused on getting the Galaxy S5 out the door. The latest rumor is that Samsung soon plans to introduce the first phones in Russia and India.

The Tizen Developer Conference will be June 2-4 at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco.

 

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