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Tizen OS and a Look into the Future

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According to the Wikipedia sources, “Tizen is an open source, standards-based software platform for multiple device categories, including smartphones, tablets, netbooks, in-vehicle infotainment devices, smart TVs, and more. Tizen offers an innovative operating system, applications, and a user experience that consumers can take from device to device.”

Firstly, we look into what Tizen OS is? Samsung powered Tizen OS promises a whole new eco-system in which it provides Lighter, Faster and Efficient OS. Statistics from Samsung’s Training Document reports that Tizen improves booting time over android by 48%, saves power consumption by 17%, reduces app time by 22% and do wonders to Internal Memory Optimization by 30%. One of the key features of Tizen OS is that it is open source platform, with a vision to connect all electronics, mobiles, wearable devices, etc. all under one umbrella of Tizen OS. Another feature is that it has faster launch speed and enhanced web browsing experience with its HTML5 compatibility.

What that means? How is Tizen going to impact us in the coming future? Many say that Tizen is not only focusing on OS for smartphones but it plans to be iOT (internet of Things). What exactly is the term ‘internet of things’ refer to? In 2013, the Global Standards Initiative explained the iOT as “the infrastructure of the information Society.” Imagine a world full of smart-‘things’ controlled by machines and sensors making everything sync together. Legal scholars suggest to look at “Things” as an “complex mixture of hardware, software, data and service”.

When we talk about smart-things, we are not strictly focusing to ‘machine to machine’ (M2M) communication, here we are talking about Sensors. A sensor is not a machine. It doesn’t do anything in the same sense that a machine does. It measures and then evaluates, and then reacts. The Internet of Things (iOT) comes together with the connection of both the sensors and machines. That means, the real worth that the iOT creates is at the intersection of gathering data and leveraging it.

Tizen OS cannot be compare to any other mobile platforms at this stage, because it is too young and a lot more is to experience and explore about it. But one thing is sure, there are some promising factors about Samsung’s OS. First, Samsung’s prominent position in the mobile market. Samsung would have set a clear strategy to move away from Google’s Android OS, that’s used in their smartphones, the company simply cannot lock itself into something outside their own control. Next factor, because both Android and Tizen are based upon Linux. This offers potential for Tizen to run Android Apps as well. Tizen’s system has additional layer that’s called Application Compatibility Layer (ACL), which allows Android apps to run on Tizen as smoothly as they run on Android. This also opens up whole new gateway for developers to port their apps to its app store and give a head start. Lastly, Tizen’s graphics accelerators are much more faster than Android’s, this shows huge potential for Tizen in the mobile gaming sector.

Samsung and Intel together are creating an ecosystem in which all devices, i.e. electronics, wearables, phones, television, automobiles and other ‘things’ can be bind with single platform, so that they can be controlled and connected with each other. Let’s take a look into future, when we build bridges, we can use smart cement: cement equipped with sensors to monitor stresses, cracks, and other problems. This is cement that alerts us to fix problems before they cause a catastrophe. Now if there’s a damage in the bridge, the same sensors in the concrete will detect it and communicate the information via the wireless internet in the car. Once the car knows there’s a danger ahead, it will instruct the driver to slow down, and if the driver doesn’t, then the car will slow down automatically for him.

This is just one of many ways that Future iOT looks like and how it will affect us and the way we use Smartphones. It appears like a sci-fi movie in which one can operate all the devices with just one remote control (smartphone). If it implemented properly like Samsung and Intel aspiring of, then this can be the next big thing to the smart devices. It will be too early to say how Samsung will handle it and make it useful in our daily life.

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