KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung has revealed that it will release its first Tizen OS handsets later this year, phones which might well launch at CES next week.
Speaking to Bloomberg Businessweek Samsung let slip that it will start selling phones running the Linux based mobile operating system this year, but it didn't elaborate on availability or pricing details.
However, with CES just around the corner, it's possible that the firm is attempting to drum up interest ahead of a launch in Las Vegas next week, although there are also whispers that the firm is holding off for an announcement at Mobile World Congress in February. Still, an imminent launch would certainly make sense, given that the first Tizen devices were originally expected to make it to market in mid-2012.
Tizen, which has got backing from Intel, Vodafone and Japan's Docomo network, made its debut back in September 2011. The open-source operating system is based on HTML5, and supports various types of devices including smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and in-vehicle infotainment systems.
It's still unclear whether Samsung plans to merge Tizen with its own Bada operating system, and it has not yet responded to our request for comment.
Today's revelation from Samsung comes just hours after another open source challenger entered the market. On Wednesday, Canonical announced a version of Ubuntu Linux that is optimised for smartphones and can be installed on existing handsets. µ