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Samsung Z Runs Tizen, Not Android
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asksqn
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asksqn,
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6/10/2014 | 4:48:05 AM
Consumers want competition, the corporatocracy does not
Given Google's increasingly despotic lockdown of the Android OS, personally, I would welcome Tizen at this point since I want affordable hardware and a truly open source platform (as opposed to Google's pretend open platform that is anything but.) But unfortunately, I don't see any of the corporately consolidated carriers agreeing to any smartphone that has the ability to save the consumer money. This is the price American consumers pay for the total ownership of its government by big money players.
jgherbert
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6/7/2014 | 12:34:41 PM
Bizarre Decision
So is Samsung putting Tizen up as competition to Android? Will they ultimately want to only manufacture their own phones? Will they license Tizen to other manufacturers too? After all, if Intel is the co-developer/co-owner, then it's a pretty good bet that they're involved because they can sell more mobile CPUs, and the more companies making Tizen devices, the more Intel will sell in theory.

And then I start wondering how Samsung will feel the first time a competitor skins Tizen and starts adding their own apps to it and replacing the ones Samsung creates. Hmm.

I thought this was interesting by the way:

"The Samsung Z will first launch in Russia during the third quarter, followed by other regions that favor low-cost hardware"

Is the idea to sell it places where you have a better chance of making it the defacto standard? But there are cheap Android devices out there too, so what's the benefit? Economics would also seem to suggest to my naive mind that people will only put time and effort into developing for Tizen if there's a marketplace for it. Samsung's marketplace is a selling point, but you're aiming to sell it to people who apparently don't want to spend lots of money, so how much spare are they going to have to for those apps? There's no point having an ecosystem if nobody lives in it...

I have to say - and I'll probably regrest these words in a year or so - this strategy sounds absolutely bizarre, and is surely doomed to fail. There's no way Samsung will detach from Android given how much money it makes them, and I don't believe they can focus on two competing platforms successfully. If Tizen always has the lower grade hardware it's like putting a noose around its neck.
danielcawrey
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danielcawrey,
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6/2/2014 | 4:06:27 PM
Re: corporate greed
What's better? Great hardware and bad software? Or great software and bad hardware?

I would take the softwar any day. Tizen may be a slam-dunk, but I'd guess I would be unhappy with buggy code wrapped around a very nice phone. I will let someone else test this one out. 
ShaneJax
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6/2/2014 | 2:44:31 PM
Re: corporate greed
If Samsung can pull off their own OS it will force themselves to lower their prices on their Android phones? Sense, you aren't making any...
Inverse137
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Inverse137,
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6/2/2014 | 1:04:16 PM
Re: corporate greed
Do you just kind of make this nonsense up as you go alongz?

 

Samsung already offers a "cheaper" handset.  And I don't think you realize that a phone needs nore than software to work so offering a "free" OS won't really do anything on the price.

 

Your argument of corporate "greed" could be a good one.  But what you choose to focus on doesn't make any sense.
GeeboH
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6/2/2014 | 12:37:28 PM
I predict...
Smart phone running Mystery OS. Sounds like a real winner...I wouldn't touch this thing with a pole built out of TouchPads.
JackS304
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6/2/2014 | 12:10:47 PM
corporate greed
If they can pull this off this would force apple and samsung to lower their prices. Corporate greed is getting out of control. I am already thinking of switching from greedy apple to a greedy samsung android. But if samsung can offer a cheaper version i would be all for it. 


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