Samsung's Shin: Tizen will power more than just mobile devices


Samsung Electronics co-CEO JK Shin said the open-source Tizen operating system will expand beyond mobile devices to power a host of connected devices across multiple industry verticals.

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Samsung's JK Shin

"There are many convergences not only among IT gadgets, including smartphones, tablets, PCs and cameras, but also among different industries like cars, [biotech] or banks," Shin told CNet. "Cross-convergence is the one [area] Samsung can do best since we do have various parts and finished products."

Shin's comments reiterated Samsung's commitment to Tizen, which combines open-source technologies with a standards-based HTML5 development environment, enabling the creation of device-independent, cross-platform mobile applications. Samsung recently said it would delay the introduction of its first Tizen smartphone to the fourth quarter of 2013, fueling speculation the company's enthusiasm for the platform could be waning.

Samsung plans to offer Tizen devices alongside smartphones powered by Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android and Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone 8. Shin previously stated that Google's decision to acquire rival handset maker Motorola Mobility has not dampened Samsung's interest in Android: "We have a good relationship with Google," he said in March, explaining that Samsung wants to offer a number of different mobile operating system choices to consumers and enterprise clients.

Shin also teased imminent news on Samsung's tablet efforts. "There will be good news on the tablet soon," he said. "Please wait and see."

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