New Linux open source platform of Tizen project will provide an ease to all those who have got fear of wireless-carriers, depending on American companies products.
Tizen project is undertaken by Intel, Linux Foundation and Limo foundation. The purpose is to provide a workable open-source-platform to the users in comparison to the dominated share-holders of Smart phones and tablet products in the globe i.e. Apple’s operating system and Google’s Android.
The wireless carriers of Europe and Asia said: “this is unfair and unhealthy to depend on just two mobile platforms or precisely three if we include Microsoft’s new Window Phone refresh”- stated by IDC Research Manager, Franciso Jeronimo. This whole new project will give a great power to Tizen “because otherwise the U.S. will rule the entire phone industry”.
Jeronimo provides the reason of being afraid in an email that by using Apple’s iOS and Microsoft’s new window phone, all the European operators are reliant on American companies. This is what the IDC manager said in an email on Thursday.
He added that Android makers are afraid of Google’s long term plans due its linkage with Motorola Mobility this year.
Jeronimo said, the recent linkage of Motorola with Google has totally changed the plan, carried out by the Android players. Now, Google is no more considered an alliance rather a competitor.
Microsoft’s new Windows phone 7.5, termed as Mango, is providing handset sellers and wireless carriers a substitute to Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. But according to Jeronimo, Microsoft still can’t compete with them because it is a closed platform; whereas aforementioned two are open-based.
First issue of Tizen is expected to be released in first phase of 2012 and preliminary devices will hit the market in the mid of this year. But it is early to say if this new open-source platform would be used by the consumers.
Tizen has planned a long term strategy for its new product; this is what IDC research manager declared. But whether it will mark its place in the market, or not, is entirely a different case.
The feature that Tizen needs to add involve appealing or user friendly applications, attracting the user’s to buy Tizen Project’s product rather to go for Apple’s iPhones or Google Android-based systems.
According to him, Tizen needs to grab the market with its initial launch of the product to become a leader in OS devices.
In need of strong developer community
Jeronimo is hopeful that Tizen will be welcomed by overseas wireless carries including Telefonica, Orange and Vodafone, SK Telecom and NIT DOCOMO in Europe, South Korea and Japan respectively. Whereas the other companies like Samsung, NEC, Access and Huawei would follow Tizen project’s too.
However, to attract more customers, Tizen is required to launch different devices at a time with different price tags; so that customers get the products worth their money.
Tizen, due to its Linux open-source platform, will tie its feet in the global community without any robust ecosystem and abundance of applications and services. But, Tizen surely can’t think to compete with Apple’s iPhones, Google Android systems, Apple’s iTunes App store and Windows new application of Microsoft either.
IDC manager said that “For any platform to succeed it needs strong developer community”. But it would become difficult, if the size of shipment is huge to attract the community.