Rumors and news about the Tizen OS has been going around for months. The latest being about the launch of the first Smartphone running Tizen OS. According to ITNews, Samsung Electronics and Intel have sent out invitations for a press event, which promises an exclusive sneak preview of the newest Tizen devices. The event is scheduled on February 23rd, a day before Mobile World Congress 2014 kicks off.
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. Tizen OS is based on Linux and formed by the merger of the Linux and LiMo (Linux Mobile) Foundations.
Samsung NX-300M camera, the first Tizen device, went on sale in Korea last October. The first Tizen based Smartphone was expected to be unveiled earlier this year. Judging by the invite just sent out, it appears to have been pushed to the first quarter of 2014.
Firefox OS based Smartphones were launched earlier this year. Spanish handset manufacturer, Geeksphone has unveiled two Firefox Smartphones - Keon and Peak, in April. Spanish telecoms major Telefonica has kicked off the commercial launch of the world’s first Smartphone running Firefox OS - the ZTE Open, in July this year.