Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Samsung begins move off from Android? Next Galaxy Gear smartwatch to run on Tizen

Despite the poor show place up by the Galaxy Gear, Samsung hasn’t given up hope on its smartwatch offerings, and is geared up to launch a replacement version of the device.

While the first Gear is AN Android-based smartwatch, the Gear 2, which can even be referred to as the Galaxy Band, is probably going to run on Samsung’s own Tizen OS.

Samsung would unveil the new Gear smartwatch at the Mobile World Congress and it'll run company’s Tizen software system.

The smartphone was at the start slated for launch in 2013, however later reports claimed that Samsung has pushed the launch to 2014. Now, news has it that the corporate are going to be unveiling the Tizen-based smartwatch together with other Tizen products, most likely a phone and camera.

According to the report the company is also developing fitness bands. This could also mean there is a possibility that the Galaxy Band could be a new device altogether and run on Android, while the Tizen-based Gear 2 could be an improved version of Gear

Rumours pointed at a fitness-focused smartwatch dubbed the Galaxy Band, that might be a discriminator from the defamed Gear series. The Galaxy Band is anticipated to be loaded with sensors for capturing knowledge on motion, pressure and temperature, all of that area unit essential for fitness trackers. The device can connect with Samsung Galaxy devices (and presumptively alternative phones) via Bluetooth LE.

A previous report had conjointly claimed that the ultimate public unleash of the Tizen and smartphones running the OS can solely be in Q3 of 2014. however currently it appears that the corporate won’t wait that long. this might be prompted partially, by the not-so-satisfactory sales of the Galaxy S4, that has caused the corporate to bucket along with the Galaxy S5, that is additionally doubtless to launch at its “Unpacked 5″ event on.

After Google acquired Motorola, Samsung may have been pushed to believing in building its own ecosystem.  However, the twist in the tale came this year when Google sold Motorola to Lenovo.

What is Tizen?
The Linux community conceptualized Tizen in 2012 as an ongoing project within the Linux Foundation, under the Tizen Association. Tizen is an open source, standards based software platform aimed towards various mobile operators and technology manufacturers. Tizen differentiates itself from other mobile operating systems through its immense scalability and developer friendly features. And to give you a clue about Tizen’s real purpose, the utility of the software extends far beyond mobile devices, developed for tablets, netbooks, automobile systems and televisions as well.

The operating system is an effective merger between two Linux based platforms – LiMO (Samsung and Vodafone) and MeeGo (a mix of Nokia’s Maemo and Intel’s Moblin), with parts of Samsung’s defunct Bada OS as well.

Considered an extremely flexible environment for application development in HTML5, Tizen’s touted to provide apps cross-platform accessibility. In plain English, that means the Tizen development framework allows developers to write once and use anywhere (with minimal extra effort), great for a scenario where though Android and iOS are the biggies in the mobile OS space, there’s BlackBerry 10, Windows Phone and now many others like Firefox and Sailfish too.

The latest Tizen 3.0 release boasts of Linux-HTML5-based programming that claims the ability to sustain a 3D user interface and an extremely scalable performance threshold, capable of working with just 256kb of RAM. It is also designed to be compatible with Android and iOS.

Who runs Tizen?
The Technical Steering Committee managing the Tizen Association includes a collection of 10 industry partners as its board members, many of them industry heavyweights: Fujitsu, Huawei, Intel, KT Corp, LG, NTT Docomo, Orange, Samsung, SK Telecom and Vodafone.
The interest in the OS surged last year as the first Asian developer’s conference took place in Seoul and Samsung made new announcements regarding its investments in Tizen.

Samsung and Tizen
Samsung as a leader of the Steering Committee has made significant investments in the Tizen development process. At the Asian developers meet Samsung announced its partnership with Intel, Fujitsu, Huawei, Here (Nokia mapping service), Konami, McAfee, Panasonic, Sharp, The Weather Channel, smaller start-ups such as Appbackr and 26 other companies to standardize the future hardware platform across numerous device categories while it finds innovative apps for Tizen.
In order to accelerate the app development goal Samsung also set a late 2014 deadline for a product launch and eagerly announced funding for developers to populate an as-of-yet barren applications market place. This move by Samsung isn’t surprising when you consider that it is the only large mobile device manufacturer that doesn’t have autonomy over its own software.

The mobile operating systems’ market is shared between the four companies–Apple with iOS, Google with Android, Microsoft with Windows Phone and BlackBerry, with Google taking lion’s share and iOS second. Microsoft and BlackBerry are small players. And 63 percent of all Android mobile devices in the market are manufactured by Samsung according to Localytics.

Companies like Apple and Microsoft are also experienced players in the hardware-software convergence, with Apple’s hardware accompanied by iOS 7 is making waves in the market while Microsoft’s acquisition in Nokia has shown a 156 percent growth in consumer adoption since third quarter of 2012.

Samsung remains the only hardware giant without its own software and is woefully dependent on Google’s Android OS.

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