When it comes to the smartphone market there are four names that come to mind for consumers: iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry. But that could all change in 2013 as newer operating systems attempt to rival the likes of Apple, Google and other industry big shots.
Enter Tizen, an open source Linux-based operating system that seeks to give Android a run for its money. Tizen has been in the works since early 2012 but has garnered attention recently thanks to Samsung’s involvement and interest in the platform. Reports have suggested that Korean electronics giant will launch a flagship smartphone based on Tizen in the near future, but the OS is still largely unknown to the masses. Here’s a roundup of 10 facts and features about what could be Samsung’s new Android killer.
Tizen is an open source operating system based on the Linux kernel and WebKit runtime. This means that users can obtain the source code that Tizen is based on, allowing smartphone owners to tinker with and alter a device’s software. Android, Firefox OS and Ubuntu are also open-source, unlike Apple’s closed iOS mobile operating system.
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