Samsung may be looking to rely less and less on Android as it plans to release a high-end Tizen smartphone in around August or September. Tizen is an open-source platform that is being developed by a number of companies including Samsung and Intel, as an alternative to Google’s Android, that currently runs a majority of smartphones worldwide. Bloomberg reports that the Tizen handset is one of at least three premium smartphones that the Korean chaebol will be launching this year, the others being the Galaxy S IV and a new Galaxy Note.
“The Tizen phone will be out in August or September, and this will be in the high-end category,” executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile business, Lee Young Hee has said in an interview with Bloomberg. “The device will be the best product equipped with the best specifications.”
Lee’s words are a surprise considering Tizen’s roots in Bada and MeeGo, with many expecting Samsung to use the new OS for its low- to mid-range devices. With Google’s purchase of Motorola for more than $12 billion last May, Samsung may be looking for an alternative operating system considering almost all of its smartphones rely on Android. We’ll have to wait and see how the Tizen smartphone will compare to the recently unveiled Galaxy S IV.