Back in September, Samsung and Intel lifted the lid on a spanking new operating system called Tizen. It’s eventually expected to make its way onto smartphones, netbooks and in-car devices.
Needless to say that Samsung will be releasing Tizen-based hardware (it recently demoed an early prototype), and now we’re hearing that Taiwan’s HTC wants in on the action too.
Tizen is a Linux-based, open source project, and all sorts of big names are attached. As well as Samsung and Intel, we’ve got NTT docomo, Orange, Panasonic, Sprint, Vodafone and Telefonica, among others.
According to Digitimes, HTC plans to release Tizen-based products in the near future, presumably smartphones. The “sources from PC players” suggest Tizen netbooks from Asus and Acer will land “before the end of the third quarter”.
Not surprising to see HTC’s name there, as it’s one of the few big manufacturers – alongside Samsung – currently offering both Windows Phone and Android devices.
Tizen, Windows Phone Apollo, BlackBerry 10, Android Jellybean, iOS 6… it’s all go in the mobile OS world in the second half of 2012. Good stuff.