Samsung to Launch Tizen Smartphone by August

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Samsung has confirmed that it will launch a top end smartphone based on the newish Tizen operating system as soon as this August.

Tizen is a Linux based OS which has been promoted by the Linux Foundation as an alternative to the Android OS platform -- although the technical steering group is lead by Intel and Samsung. It evolved from the merger of Nokia's MeeGo and the LiMo platforms.

"The Tizen phone will be out in August or September, and this will be in the high-end category," Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile business, told Bloomberg News during an interview. "The device will be the best product equipped with the best specifications."

Although Samsung predominatly sells Android based handsets, there has been concern that Google's recent purchase of Motorola could lead the company to promoting its own in-house hardware in preference to allowing other vendors access to early releases of the Android OS.

Although denied by Google, the rumours still persist, and Samsung is thought to be hedging its bets by promoting the Tizen alternative.

There have been previous suggestions that Japan's NTT DoCoMo may be the first network to start sales of the Samsung Tizen based smartphone.

On the web: Bloomberg News

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