Operating System Changes for Samsung
Posted on by Sean Williamson
Samsung has long indicated its desire to go it alone, and be independent of other operating systems – Android included. The company’s first attempt was Bada, which was ultimately merged with Tizen in 2013.
Tizen’s origins are as a project within the Linux Foundation, with governance from a Technical Steering Group that includes major players and stakeholders from every sector of the mobility industry. Fujitsu, Casio, Orange, Intel and many other big names sit alongside Samsung as part of the Tizen Association. The Tizen operating system was created by Samsung and Intel, built on the now-defunct MeeGo system by Nokia and Intel.
After a few false starts, Tizen has undergone many improvements and its 3.0 version was announced in April 2016 at the Samsung Developers Conference in San Francisco. Where many other alternatives to iOS and Android, including Firefox OS, have fallen away, Tizen has the potential to stand up to these heavyweights.
Tizen Versus Android
With Samsung being such a big provider of smartphones and tablets, a major concern for many users is how Tizen compares with Android. Tizen seems to use similar navigability systems and appears to be equally user-friendly, with Tizen set to incorporate many of Android’s best features. These include firewalls, multi-tasking and integrated power-saving, and other features that are seen in current Samsung handsets will be supported as well.
Tizen is open-source just as Android is, and the new system is also 64-bit capable. This makes it compatible with some of the devices featuring the latest 64-bit ARM and x86 processors. The HTML5-based OS should make for shorter and easier development cycles for web and native apps on big and small screens as well, and should mean more support so that downloading plugins is not usually necessary. Enjoying videos, mobile casino games and more should be very simple.
Some of the most interesting features and apps in the original Bada operating system have been built into the new Tizen system, but the huge technical upgrade includes many other key improvements as well. Among other things, APIs allow for recognition of emotions and faces while voice control allows for speech-to-text conversion and creates the potential for voice-activated assistants. A better antivirus framework means better security as well.
Connecting with the Internet of Things
Another big improvement to the Tizen 3.0 system is that it is fully compatible with and supportive of Bluetooth 4.2, which is essential for the intercommunication of devices on the Internet of Things. Tizen has always worked on a range of devices, including smart appliances such as washing machines and lighting, wearables like smartwatches, smart TVs, personal computers and smart cameras. This creates a smooth and unified experience over several aspects of daily life.
The latest Tizen operating system is also compatible with drones, in-car entertainment systems and even virtual reality headsets, to make life management and integration even simpler. Mohan Rao, senior vice president at Samsung, has actually made comments that suggest that while Tizen will continue to have a mobile presence, its real future could be in this connectivity on the Internet of Things. With its Linux long term support kernel base lending it strong stability, this could prove to be very successful.