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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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