Samsung EVP: Tizen 4.0 Is A Push Toward A ‘Device Ecosystem’

May 19, 2017 - Written By Dominik Bosnjak

The Tizen 4.0 operating system represents a major push toward a “device ecosystem,” according to Hyogun Lee, Executive Vice President of Samsung Electronics and the head of the Tizen Technical Steering Group. While speaking at Tizen Developer Conference 2017 earlier this week, Lee explained that the South Korean consumer electronics manufacturer is looking to establish a major Internet of Things (IoT) platform that will span a wide variety of devices, all of which will be running the latest build of Samsung’s open source operating system. Lee revealed that Samsung is currently prioritizing its efforts to assist original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in making new IoT devices with a Configurable Tizen-based Platform Development Kit (PDK). Following that, the Seoul-based tech giant will be looking to support OEMs and help them keep their devices secure and updated with the Tizen Update Service before ultimately enabling them to connect their creations to cloud solutions such as Samsung Connect, Lee explained, adding that Samsung is primarily interested in promoting cloud services based on standards defined by the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) that it founded with Qualcomm, Intel, Microsoft, and Electrolux in 2014.

The company’s senior executive also asserted that developers and the industry as a whole have praised Samsung’s decision to open-source Tizen as the platform managed to position itself as an effective and popular embedded operating system. The tech giant has been supporting developers looking to commercialize Tizen for a while now and intends to keep doing so in the future, Lee said. Samsung EVP also revealed that the South Korean firm primarily opted to develop Tizen due to its desire to not be restricted by constraints of existing IoT platforms while simultaneously providing developers with a more flexible ecosystem for Internet-enabled devices. While Android (Wear) wasn’t mentioned by name, Lee was likely referring to Google’s embedded operating system that features some proprietary components and directly competes with Tizen for market share.

As Samsung continues working on making Tizen as accessible as possible to developers, its dev tools are expected to be expanded and ennobled in the near future, and Lee implied as much. An update on Samsung’s Tizen-related ambitions will likely follow in the coming months.