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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 (opens in new tab) 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.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.