It was back in 2011 that Samsung and Intel came together to work on Tizen, a new open source operating system. So far no device running said operating system has been released in the market, a smartphone was expected to be released earlier this year, but it hasn’t come out as yet. A few months back it was rumored that Tizen is almost dead, but Samsung brushed aside those rumors and said that work on the OS will continue. Samsung also plans on launching a Tizen smart TV. Head of Samsung Electronics’ visual display unit, Kim Hyun-seok, revealed at the Smart TV Global Summit 2013 in Seoul today that the company has seen “much progress” in the Tizen TV, but confirmed that the phone will be launched first.
Samsung has not confirmed anything about its Tizen smartphone plans as yet. a few weeks back it was rumored that the company’s CEO had deliberately pushed back the launch so that they could enhance the experience of the new OS. Just last week it was rumored possibility of a Tizen smartphone releasing in 2013 looks bleak, the consensus in the rumor mill now is that the smartphone might come out early next year. Despite the delays, Tizen seems far from being dead. Intel’s vice president of software and services, Imad Sousou, also reiterated the chip maker’s commitment to Tizen by called it a “significant investment.”