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Samsung co-CEO hints at new Tizen smartphones and tablets

by Doug Drinkwater

August 6 2013

Samsung co-CEO J.K Shin believes that the firm could release Tizen tablets in future
Samsung co-CEO J.K Shin believes that the firm could release Tizen tablets in future

J.K Shin, one of three Samsung CEOs, says that the Tizen represents a “simple alternative for Android” and envisions the operating system running on future Samsung smartphones, tablets, PCs and even in cars and banks.

In an interview with CNET this week, Shin spelled out the potential for Tizen, which is part of the Linux Foundation.

“There are many convergences not only among IT gadgets, including smartphones, tablets, PCs, and cameras, but also among different industries like cars, bio, or banks,” said Shin.

"Cross-convergence is the one [area] Samsung can do best since we do have various parts and finished products."

Tizen is an open operating system which has been worked on in part by both Intel and Samsung in the past. The latter merged its Bada OS with Tizen at the start of last year and released prototype Tizen products back in February.

This is because Samsung is apparently looking to reduce its dependence on Google's Android, which powers most the firm's handsets and tablets. One analyst firm, ABI Research, even suggested back in April that Samsung was being slowed down by a lack of innovation on Android’s part.

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