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New mobile OS Tizen has the best chance of success

Jack Loo | June 28, 2013
A wave of emerging open source platforms are debuting now or over the next few months.

ABI Research has predicted that Tizen will become the most notable player out of a wave of emerging open source operating systems.

"Tizen's strong backing from Intel and Samsung will enable it to quickly outpace its other Linux mobile OS challengers," said ABI Research senior analyst Joshua Flood. The Tizen will be available on new Samsung smartphones in the next quarter.

There are segments of the mobile ecosystem that are keen for a new player to usurp Apple and Google's dominance in the mobile OS space. "Mobile network operators, particularly in Asia, have been looking for other options. Apple's refusal to modify its OS for operators to add customised services or differentiate operators' brands is one of the key factors for their discontent," said Flood.

Other new OSes include the recently-released Sailfish OS by Jolla and Ubuntu-based systems that will debut in the second half of the year. Firefox will be launching in Latin America and other emerging regions later this year on ZTE devices too.

Although Tizen-or any of the emerging OSes-are not projected to make a significant impact on the global mobile OS market this year, the new group of OS platforms is forecast to make steady progress over the next five years, with 135 million smartphone shipments worldwide, according to ABI Research.

The Asia-Pacific region will provide the biggest opportunity for the new Tizen OS and almost 65 percent of its future smartphone installed base will be to this single region, stated ABI Research.

ABI Research noted that Tizen has been quick to build its membership group and major mobile vendors are offering their support. Orange and Vodafone are two potentially key network operators for making an impact in Europe. Furthermore, KT, NTT DoCoMo, and SK Telekom have promised to promote the emerging OS in Asia.


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