Samsung & Intel To Work On iOS & Android Alternative Called Tizen

The Linux Foundation will play host to yet another new mobile platform called Tizen with Intel and Samsung as Godparents; it is not known whether Intel's own MeeGo OS will be used as the foundation.

MeeGo was born out of the combination of Nokia's Maemo and Intel's Moblin, but Nokia chose to abandon both Maemo and Symbian and found new love with Microosft's Windows Phone.

Tizen - which means "little youth" in pidgin Mauritian Creole - will be promoted by a consortium which will also own and steer the project; the board includes ACCESS, Panasonic Mobile, NEC Casio, NTT DoCoMo, Samsung, SK Telecom, Telefonica and Vodafone.

It is worth noting that they are all on Android as well and that, although it is early days, Tizen still lacks the support of most of the top 10 mobile manufacturers.

Thisismynext notes that Intel is already encouraging MeeGo members to transition to Tizen saying that the “future belongs to HTML5-based applications, outside of a relatively small percentage of apps, and we are firmly convinced that our investment needs to shift toward HTML5.”

The first Tizen release is scheduled for the first half of 2012, by which time, talks of iOS 6 will have emerged and the successor to Android Ice Cream Sandwich will already be in the pipeline. More importantly, Q1 will almost certainly see the rise of Windows 8 for tablets and other devices.