Samsung is reportedly developing a number of new smartphones that will run on its own Tizen operating system. The devices are planned for release later in the year.
The new Tizen mobile devices will follow the Z1, Samsung’s first Tizen smartphone released early this year in India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, and they will range in price. Beyond that, little is known about the devices.
It’s an interesting development, given Samsung’s history with partner Google; Samsung smartphones have tended to run on Google’s Android operating systems. Samsung’s branching out on its own could reflect a general cooling of the relationship, given that earlier this year Samsung announced Samsung Pay, its own mPayment platform, which will compete against Google’s Android Pay when they’re released later this year.
It’s a complicated business. Samsung also recently saw a thaw in relations with rival Apple, having struck a deal to provide the main chip for Apple’s next iPhone, which would theoretically compete against Samsung’s own mobile devices. Does it all signal a shift of allegiances on Samsung’s part? Or is Samsung just trying to make money wherever it can, following a troubled business year in 2014?