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Samsung Talks Tizen, 'OS Of Everything'

The Internet of Things has become a tech industry obsession and Samsung wants Tizen to run the show.

have a significant incentive to do so: Samsung is offering 100% revenue share for one year -- starting from the launch of the Samsung Z, excluding taxes and carrier billing fees -- to developers who sell their apps in its Tizen Store. Thereafter, the revenue share reverts to 70% to the developer, a rate common among other app stores apart from Google's Chrome Web Store, where web app developers get 95% of revenue.

Android began as an operating system for mobile phones and then expanded to tablets and beyond. Tizen from the outset has been intended as an operating system for a broad variety of products: phones, tablets, cameras, home appliances, TVs, wearables, and cars.

Imad Sousou, VP and general manager of the Intel Open Source Technology Center, extolled the benefits of working with open-source software. "Today, it's easy to see that the best software products and the best products in general are built either partially or fully on open source," he said. He predicted open-source software will be instrumental in the emergence of the Internet of Things.

Citing projections that there will be 50 billion Internet-connected devices by 2020, Sousou said, "We envision Tizen as the operating system that can accelerate [the Internet of Things]."

Many other operating systems will be vying to run the Internet of Things. Apple, for example, just announced an API for connected appliances called HomeKit in its forthcoming iOS 8. And Google committed itself to the home automation market with the $3.2 billion purchase of Nest Labs.

But Tizen could gain traction as an open alternative to Apple lock-in and Google data mining. Monica Lam, a computer science professor at Stanford University and founder of MobiSocial, urged support for companies that use open-source software and don't monetize user data. "If we don't have open competition, innovation will suffer," she said.

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Thomas Claburn has been writing about business and technology since 1996, for publications such as New Architect, PC Computing, InformationWeek, Salon, Wired, and Ziff Davis Smart Business. Before that, he worked in film and television, having earned a not particularly useful ... View Full Bio

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User Rank: Ninja
6/4/2014 | 3:45:35 PM
Re: Do we need a 4th option?
@DDURBIN1, I feel the same way. I have Samsung Android products too, and I'm not about to switch to anything else either. The people I know with iPhones don't even want to hear about anything not made by Apple.
User Rank: Ninja
6/4/2014 | 3:42:22 PM
Re: Do we need a 4th option?
For a "behind the scene" OS to provide devices functions Tizen could be fine but Samsung's expectation is to displace Android on phones and tablets.  With about 800 million Android devices and another 600 million iOS devices both Microsoft and Samsung can only be successful if people switch.  Most have too much  already invested to switch so it really doesn't matter if the OS is Tizen, Firefox or even Ubutu.
Thomas Claburn
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6/4/2014 | 3:29:14 PM
Re: Do we need a 4th option?
I wonder why Samsung didn't just embrace Firefox OS. Maybe because tech companies seem to use open source to gain allies and close things up when they become successful.
User Rank: Ninja
6/4/2014 | 12:14:01 PM
Do we need a 4th option?

I have three Samsung Android products which come with tons of Samsung's bloatware.  I've already made the choice with Google Play for my source of applications.  I've never used any of the Samsung junk hogging up my memory and storage space.  I don't have any more interest in Tizan than in a WinPhone as neither will run the media and apps I've already purchased from Google Play.  I'm sure most iPhone/iTunes users feel the same.  So how much room is there left in the market for a fourth option?  Remember WebOS from HP? Not much market left I think.

User Rank: Ninja
6/4/2014 | 10:12:14 AM
I'm interested to see what Samsung does with Tizen with regards to its wearable products. It's been pushing lately to create a unified development with other manufacturers, like a creative standard. Of course it's doing what everyone that creates a new "standard" does, trying to use its products ot make it.

That said, a stable form factor in software or hardware terms for wearables could push it forward and Samsung is in a better position than Google to take that first step since it has the hardware and software side of things to make it happen. 
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