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NTT DoCoMo expects Tizen running smartphones in March (update: delayed)


NTT DoCoMo, the Japanese mobile operator revealed that the tech tie-up to launch an OS to compete with Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS operating systems in “next few months”.

Update: NTT DoCoMo spokesperson Jun Otori confirmed that the plans to reveal Tizen-based smartphones on March is delayed due to the development delays.

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Japan's Systena Ltd. has unveiled Tizen build kit with a 10.1-inch quad core tablet
Japan’s Systena’s Tizen build kit with a 10.1-inch quad core tablet

NTT DoCoMo spokesperson Jun Otori revealed that the Linux-based Tizen could be installed on smartphones and those devices could enter the market in March. Tizen is a project within the Linuz Foundation and is governed by a Technical Steering Group (TSG) that includes Intel, Samsung, NTT DoCoMo, Sprint, Vodafone, Huawei and few other tech giants across the globe.

Jun Otori said,

“Unlike Android and iOS, Tizen allows us to develop freely whatever we envision because it is an open-source operating system. With Tizen, we hope to revitalize Japanese-developed services and create new services more freely.”

Tizen mobile operating system could enter the market in this year via smartphones, but we have already seen the Samsung NX300M Camera with the open-source Tizen platform. However, Android is currently leading the smartphone OS market, while Apple’s iOS is also moving towards new high. BlackBerry’s OS has plunged down, while Microsoft’s Windows Phone is steadily getting traction among the budget smartphone consumers. There are some other new comers to the mobile OS segment, such as Mozilla’s FireFox OS, Jolla’s Sailfish OS and namely a CyanogenMod, a custom Android ROM-maker.

Interesting thing to note here is the part of Samsung in developing the Tizen OS, where it’s the one company which has got most out of the Android platform. It will be likely to introduce its first Tizen-running smartphone in MWC event, to be held in next month.

Let’s not forget that the Japan-based Systena has unveiled the development kit with a tablet running on Tizen OS for developers. Japan is cooking the Tizen, result will be out soon. Stay tuned on TND for more tech updates.


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She has been writing columns on consumer gadgets since 2010. Her areas of interests include smartphones, tablets, mobile OS and apps. She holds M.C.S. degree and working on her startup, which aims to solve IT support issues.

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