Samsung is set to rival Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS with a new Linux-based operating system Tizen. According to Japan’s The Daily Yomiuri, South Korea’s Samsung Electronics will launch the first Smartphone running Tizen OS in early 2013. The new Smartphone will feature 4.65 inch Super AMOLED screen, Cortex A9 1.2GHz processor and 1GB RAM. Tizen OS is jointly developed by Samsung and Japanese carrier NTT Docomo. Currently Mobile OS is dominated by Android and iOS, which together hold 85% of the market share. Both Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS come with many restrictions that don’t support any changes to the underlying platform, but the new OS Tizen will be made open to the public, so users can further develop or improve the OS.
Earlier Intel and Nokia developed MeeGo, a Mobile OS that never came to light. Samsung took over Nokia’s MeeGo and developed Tizen, which is also overseen by the Linux Foundation. Besides Samsung and NTT Docomo, the various companies involved with Tizen are U.S based Intel Corp, Britain’s Vodafone, France Telecom, Panasonic Corp, and NEC Corp. The new OS will also support other devices like Tablets and Televisions, also the development of apps for Tizen is expected to be simpler.