Samsung And Intel Officially Announces Tizen 2.0 OS At MWC

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By Vijaykumar Meti | February 28, 2013 10:56 PM EST

Samsung officially announced a new operating system called Tizen at the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. Tizen is Linux based operating system which is aimed to give head-to-head competition to Google's Android, Apple's iOS and will also compete with other OS such as Windows Phone, BlackBerry 10, Ubuntu Mobile and Mozilla Firefox OS.

The new operating system is being developed in a joint venture between two tech giants; Samsung and Intel. The OS will look and work similar to Android interface, except the icons shape.

Recently Samsung had announced that it will leave its very own Bada platform for smartphones in favor of the new Tizen operating system. The new OS will be able to run apps which are developed for Bada, but will not provide the same user experience.

According to a report by CNET, Samsung is expected to launch its first Tizen running smartphone somewhere near July or August. This announcement certainly puts Google into pressure as Samsung's handsets running Google's Android operating system has larger market share.

The new OS has been showcased at MWC along with some important announcement about its future. The Chinese smartphone giant Huawei has joined the Tizen Association which guides in the development of the new operating system, and leading European network provider Orange has also signed up with Tizen to market Tizen powered handsets.

Meanwhile Japanese network provider NTT Docomo has also said that it wants to be the first carrier to market Tizen powered smartphone in Japan. While Samsung has already announced its plans to ship handsets running Tizen OS later this year, as reported by Android Authority.

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