Tuesday, 26 March 2013

“Tizen” Knocking the door… Do we really need another Mobile Operating System?

Reports have confirmed that “Samsung”will be using “Tizen OS” for its new upcoming high-end smart phones. Well the smartphone domain is the most challenging one, with OS like Android and IOS dominating the 95 % of the smartphone world. Android being open to all is adopted as the main stream mobile OS for companies like HTC and Samsung.
If we see how the smartphone world has shaped up, definitely Apple has been the leader but with Google acquiring Android and Samsung making Android as their main stream OS platform for mobile device the race is just between these two, Well organizations like HTC and others are doing some innovations but Samsung stood high on this and that is why we see that it is the leader of Android powered phone in the market now.
Nokia once the leader of mobile phones choose different paths and Windows also trying to prove it’s mental on the smartphone domain joined hands. Nokia these days releasing phones powered by Windows 8. Though they are trying there level best to enter the mainstream market but it is still and armature OS and lack of application and intuitiveness has been a roadblock for them for quite sometime. There are only a handful of people who still wants to go with Nokia.
On the contrary Blackberry once a leader finding itself out of the contest of mobile OS race made a heroic effort to release BB 10. Well at first it did prove to be better crisp and new for all but it is still losing to its competitors. Couple of stuffs like lack of application haunts it too and the price tag is quite high which is becoming a pitfall for Blackberry now.
Earlier this year Canonical also realized that it is high time to release their own OS and to make a good impression on the market they provided insight on Ubuntu OS for mobile. Firefox is also going to come up with something on this context and making OS for mobile.
So multiple vendors and so many mobile OS’s, and you should also not forget about some preliminary OS’s like Bada or Symbian etc. So do we really require any new OS? This January Samsung Inc. announced that they will be using Tizen as their new OS for smartphones. Well in early stages Nokia did experiment with Linux based OS and released Nokia N9, a consumer centric Linux OS based mobile phone and then moved out of it. After that it went under multiple folds of development and today it stands as a more crisp clear OS for mobile as announced by Tizen Community. Samsung’s’ Bada OS that is meant for the low end devices is fast fading away and even lower ranged devices are using Android as their main platform. Almost 95% of Samsung devices are powered by Android and for which they have to pay high royalty to Google.
Now is this the new way to avoid Google? Samsung has always wanted to have its own mobile OS and Tizen being open source might pave the way for it. But as expected it would have been used for the low-end devices but on January conference they announced that it would be using this for its new high-end mobile devices. We also saw that Samsung has already released their new Galaxy Branded Galaxy S4, which is powered by Android latest. It is very hard to say what is in stored for Samsung and Google, but it is for sure Samsung did contribute a huge amount on Android and took it to new levels, but it seems that something is going wrong for which they have decided to add Tizen to its segment too. It is time that will say what is going to be in this world of Mobile Devices and OS fight, but it is for sure the complexity is increasing for the service providers.
Service based organizations that mainly depend on developing applications that are targeted towards consumer will have a tough time. Consumer base is increasing and with new Mobile OS and platform opens up to new possibilities as well as complexity because now it will not be only Android and IOS but Tizen & Ubuntu also will come into context.