According to Bloomberg's Jungah Lee, Samsung is to start releasing new phones this year that will feature the Tizen operating system. Tizen is an association of Intel, Samsung, NEC, Huawei, Orange, SK telecom, Sprint, Telefonica, NTT docomo and Vodafone.
Part of the reason for Samsung in supporting a new OS in the phone market is to decrease its reliance on Google's Android according to Lee. Lee quoted Suwon of Samsung in South Korea as stating, "We plan to release new, competitive Tizen devices within this year and will keep expanding the lineup depending on market conditions."
Google is expanding their share of the smart phone market and that expects to continue this year. However, with Google now in control on Motorola Mobility and the ability to manufacture their own smart phones, that leave Samsung and others in a potential limited box.
Google has claimed that Motorola will not get any special treatment and here are some quotes from each of the companies:
Google + Motorola: What people are saying
J.K. Shin, President
Samsung, Mobile Communications Division
“We welcome today’s news, which demonstrates Google’s deep commitment to defending Android, its partners, and the ecosystem.”
President & CEO, Sony Ericsson
“I welcome Google‘s commitment to defending Android and its partners.”
CEO, HTC Corp.
“We welcome the news of today‘s acquisition, which demonstrates that Google is deeply committed to defending Android, its partners, and the entire ecosystem.”
“This acquisition is more to enhance Google's patent portfolio, to support us, to protect us, so this is good news. [...] Google has made very, very clear its commitment to HTC remains unchanged.” (WSJ)
Jong-Seok Park, Ph.D
President & CEO, LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company
“We welcome Google‘s commitment to defending Android and its partners.”
“We will continue [to] support the Android operating system, and we have no concerns about the changes in the Android environment.” (MarketWatch)
Co-founder, Marvell Technology Group
“We are positive towards Google’s continued commitment and investment in an open Android for the benefit of all players in the ecosystem.”
Brian J. Dunn
CEO, Best Buy
“Best Buy has worked closely with both Google and Motorola to bring great solutions to our customers. Now, with today’s news, we are excited to see what we can do together to serve consumers. Both companies have been tremendous partners to Best Buy and we expect that connection to get even stronger in the future.”
It will be interesting to see what Google does and the Tizen OS.