This plus Samsung not using Exynos in their next phone has me thinking that Intel and Samsung are about to get together in a BIG way.
Samsung And Intel Unveil Tizen OS To The World At MWC
First Posted: Feb 26, 2013 05:09 PM EST
Samsung and Intel took to the Mobile World Congress stage to unveil Tizen, the open-source, Linux-based mobile operating system the two tech giants created. Tizen will appear on smartphones initially, but it was also designed to easily run on tablets, smart TVs and in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) devices. Tizen is designed to offer a consistent user experience from device to device and is a truly open-sourced platform that allows developers to easily create HTML5 applications for any device running Tizen.
Tizen has become the elephant in the room between Samsung and Google. It is believed that Samsung partnered with Intel to create the mobile operating system to lessen its dependence on Google's Android OS, which is found on the majority of Samsung's smartphones. Google is reportedly uneasy about Samsung's meteoric success with Android, and this unveiling doesn't seem like it's going to give Google any reassurance that Samsung will continue to give Android nearly as much attention as it's been used to.
Samsung has already officially announced that it will ship a Tizen OS smartphone this year through a partnership with NTT Docomo. The smartphone is expected to ship in July or August. Samsung and Intel have recently secured a partnership with smartphone maker Huawei, who just joined the steering committee of the Tizen Association. It's not just smartphone makers who have committed to supporting devices running Tizen. European wireless carrier Orange has announced it will begin selling Samsung and Huawei smartphones running Tizen this year. In the U.S., wireless carrier Sprint has also pledged full support for Tizen devices.
Google has every right to be nervous about the future of Samsung and Tizen, since Google makes more money off Samsung than any of its other Android partners. Samsung reportedly sells 40 percent of all devices running Android. Is Tizen just another way of Samsung diversifying its choice of OS on smartphones and tablets, or is it a big hint to Google that it needs Samsung much more than Samsung needs Google?
An Intel-Samsung collaboration has potential on so many levels. First Tizen, then an Intel based smartphone to compliment the Intel based tablets it already makes, then membership for Samsung in Intel's exclusive club with access to Intel's fabs - at least for products that don't compete against Intel.
A year ago one might have thought Apple would have been the homerun smartphone partner for Intel. Today, Samsung is looking more attractive for a number of reasons.
At some point their is going to be a serious shakeup in the industry. Intel with its x86 chip can run a Windows OS and they can taylor their chips to run almost anything. Many vendors are starting to realize that the ARM chip is running into serious power/performance issues and Android is controlled too much by Google to their benefit. The Android/ARM setup is very limiting for a lot of vendors. Microsoft and Intel are determined to push into the mobile space. Google needs to fear Microsoft and ARM needs to lookout for Intel.
Sure looks to me like Intel is going to have more places to put chips than it can keep up with. I've lost count on how many new devices have come out the last few months running on Intel chips. This is nuts.