Tizen Ecosystem Expansion
According to industry sources on June 11, Samsung Electronics' Tizen operating system (OS) is being more widely used. First, Samsung introduced its first Tizen-based smartphone to India on Jan. 14. The Z1 received a better-than-expected response from the market.
In particular, the Z1 made up 23.4 percent of the smartphone market in Bangladesh during the first quarter of this year. The accumulated sales volume of the device exceeded 500,000 units in the Indian market.
Based on the better-than-expected performance of its Tizen phone, the Korean tech giant is gearing up to unveil another one, which is going to be launched in Russia, China, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka.
In addition to smartphones, Tizen-powered premium home appliances are also scheduled to be released in the first half of this year. Starting with smartphones, Samsung's premium consumer electronic products that have rolled out so far this year all feature Tizen OS, including SUHD TVs, the Q9000 smart air conditioner, and the Chef Collection Refrigerator. The use of Tizen OS is being expanded to small household appliances, as shown by its utilization in a new model of robotic vacuum cleaner Powerbot.
The company is increasingly using Tizen OS in different hardware and also concentrating on attracting developers around the world as supporters of Tizen OS by holding events for them in major countries worldwide.
Samsung is going to host Tizen Developer Summit India 2015 in Bangalore, India in July, and is planning this years' Tizen Developer Conference in Shenzhen, China in Sep. The move can be interpreted as its willingness to expand developers mainly in strategic countries.
The firm is also actively seeking to make a software development kit (SDK) public, in that apps are essential tools to expand the ecosystem for Tizen OS. Samsung recently drew a lot of attention by revealing a SDK for yet-to-be released next smart watches.
A Samsung associate explained, “This is the first time to unveil a SDK before launching a new product and spurring development.” Samsung also opened a developer version of the Tizen Store in 182 countries, the app market for Tizen OS, which was previously only accessible in India and Bangladesh.