Samsung seeks smart TV growth with first Tizen OS licensing deals • TechCrunch

Samsung has confirmed the primary third-party sensible TV makers to ship with its Tizen working system (OS), with a number of producers making ready to launch Tizen-powered TVs this 12 months throughout Europe and Australasia.

Tizen, for the uninitiated, is a Linux-based OS hosted by the Linux Basis for greater than a decade, although Samsung has been the first developer and driving power behind the undertaking, utilizing it throughout myriad units together with smartwatches, kitchen home equipment, cameras, smartphones, and TVs.

Though Samsung has basically deserted Tizen in smartphones and sensible watches, TVs have remained fertile floor for Tizen to flourish, mainly as a result of the truth that Samsung is the largest promoting TV maker globally. However whereas current figures from Dataxis present that Tizen’s market share in 2020 was roughly one-third when it comes to set up base, the quantity has been slowly creeping downwards with the likes of Android TV and Roku edging upwards.

An apparent means for Samsung to counter this pattern is to open issues as much as third-parties. The Korean tech titan first revealed plans to license Tizen to different TV producers final 12 months, and it has taken the higher a part of 12 months for the primary fruits of its grand plan to be realized.

Producers together with Atmaca (manufacturers: Sunny and Axen), HKC (manufacturers: RCA and Vispera) and Tempo (manufacturers: Akai, Bauhn, Linsar) will likely be going to market this 12 months within the U.Ok., Spain, Turkey, New Zealand, and Italy, with a handful from distributor Tempo apparently already that can be purchased in Australia.


Whereas this deal serves as a doubtlessly profitable alternative for Samsung to extend its revenues by way of licensing offers, it additionally highlights the growing competitors within the area. New and current {hardware} makers now have a wider array of working programs to select from, created by a number of the world’s greatest expertise corporations together with Google, Roku, and LG, the latter having opened up its WebOS working system to third-parties final 12 months.

Tizen, although, could be a very alluring proposition for TV makers given its current attain — apps which might be already out there for Samsung’s Tizen-powered TVs will work with Tizen TVs from different producers too. On high of that, all Tizen TVs will be capable of entry options resembling Samsung’s digital assistant Bixby, which ushers voice search into the combo.

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