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.