Long time fans of our show will know that LAPTOP Magazine's Avram Piltch, Scott and I talk about Samsung's operating system, Tizen, occasionally. It's Samsung's in-house OS and the company has been looking to expand it as it tries to transition from a stock Android experience in various ways. At IFA in Berlin this past week, Samsung continued to push Tizen and will now be introducing the experience to the company's TVs.
In an interview with a German publication, co-CEO of Samsung Boo-Keun Yoon said that this would allow Samsung to have more direct control and say over how its devices function and are deployed. Samsung had its own operating systems on TVs already, however it is fragmented and sometimes doesn't communicate easily to the rest of Samsung's line of electronics. Introducing Tizen should make a fully Samsung life better and easier.
Tizen is going to be used on some of our smartphones just like on our TVs and on home appliances. This way we create an ecosystem in which we are able to connect all Samsung devices.
So far, no announcements on availability have been disclosed but Samsung did say that would all be decided by if each market would be receptive to adopting Tizen. Last month, Samsung's other co-CEO JK Shin said that he wanted to see Tizen on every device Samsung puts out, and that he wanted it to happen sooner than later.
There are many convergences not only among IT gadgets, including smartphones, tablets, PCs, and cameras, but also among different industries like cars, bio, or banks. Cross-convergence is the one (area) Samsung can do best since we do have various parts and finished products.
I am very excited to see the potential of Tizen, not only for what Samsung can do with it, but to see yet another company detach itself from the grip of a Droid. Creating independence for a company brings several things to the market, like innovation and competition. Things have become a bit stale in the mobile space and if Samsung breaks off of Android completely and puts Tizen on TVs, phones, tablets, washers, dryers and stoves, you'd know when your clothes are done and when your eggs are spoiled - all while watching your favorite TV show and enjoying your second screen experience. I welcome Tizen with open-source arms.