Samsung Tizen looks to take on Android
There’s a new kid on the software block and it goes by the name of Samsung Tizen (pronouced “tie-zen”). Samsung is positioning this software at the heart of their internet of things (IoT) strategy for the new few years.
The software was introduced to the mass market earlier in the week when the first Samsung Tizen powered smartphone, the Z1, was launched targeting Indian consumers. It promises 7 hours of non-stop video from a 1500mAh battery for under a $100.
Samsung Tizen has already featured in some of the company’s recent produtcs, including wearables and cameras. If the South Korean company is to be believed, their software is set to feature more prominently in 2015 as they look to deploy it to their entire product line, including refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, smart watches and more.
But, why Tizen?
The benefits of Tizen are very simple: Tizen is “lighter” than other operating systems. In other words, Tizen requires less processing power and memory, thereby ensuring faster device speeds while consuming less energy.
As a result, consumers will benefit from a smoother user experience through the likes of shorter boot time, faster web browsing and seamless multitasking, all the while enjoying longer battery life.
Because it is lightweight, Samsung Tizen is optimal for use across a wide spectrum of smart connected devices in the IoT space. While devices with high demand for computing power, such as smartphones and TVs, are part of the IoT, so are devices that require relatively less computing power, such as wearables, vacuum cleaners and washing machines, which need an operating system like Tizen that is lightweight enough to run the devices without burning through processing power, memory and overall device performance.
Samsung says the introduction of Tizen does not necessarily mean they will abandon all other software they employ in their devices. This should be welcome news to fans of Google’s Android operating system, the software currently powering the majority of Samsung handset out there.
Perhaps the company should be looking to reducing the amount of bloat their TouchWiz software adds to Android in their current devices. All this talk of Samsung Tizen being lightweight and efficient won’t sound convincing to current owners of Samsung handsets.