One of the biggest announcements at Google I/O is likely to be the introduction of the long-awaited Google X Phone, rumored to be manufactured by Motorola Mobility and scheduled to launch in the second half of 2013. How could the Google X Phone affect Google's relationship with leading Android smartphone makers?
Smartphones accounted for more than half of all mobile phones shipped during the first quarter of 2013, eclipsing feature phone shipments for the first time ever, research firm IDC reports.
Samsung Electronics co-CEO JK Shin said the manufacturer will release its first Tizen device during the third quarter of 2013, denying the move to embrace the Linux-based mobile operating system is related to any changes in its relationship with Google.
Tizen has drawn support from heavy hitters in the industry, including Samsung Electronics, Intel and Vodafone. A key hurdle, however, will be convincing developers that Tizen has the potential to compete with the likes of Google's Android, to which it is often compared, and Apple's iOS. Special Report
Tizen made a high-profile impact last week at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain, with Samsung and Intel discussing the platform and France's telecom arm, Orange, committing to launching Tizen-based phones later this year. A key area, however, will be reaching out to developers and convincing them that Tizen has the potential to compete with the likes of Google's Android, to which it is often compared, and Apple's iOS.
BARCELONA, Spain--A Samsung Electronics executive pushed back against the idea that Samsung's dominant position in Google's Android ecosystem is a source of tension between the two companies.
Samsung Electronics will sunset its Bada mobile operating system, merging it into the Linux-based Tizen software platform.
BARCELONA, Spain--Intel sees the Tizen open-source platform as a way to grow its mobile business beyond putting its Atom-based chipsets into smartphones and tablets running Google Android, according to an Intel executive.
This year will mark the launch of close to half a dozen new operating systems for smartphones. Which raises one main question: Why?
Samsung Electronics will release its first smartphones running the Linux-based Tizen operating system later this year.