According to a new report from the market intelligence firm ABI Research, Tizen is tipped to become the fifth largest mobile OS.
“Tizen’s strong backing from Intel and Samsung will enable it to quickly outpace its other Linux mobile OS challengers,” says senior analyst Joshua Flood. “Additionally, other segments of the mobile ecosystem are keen for a new mobile OS to usurp Apple and Google’s dominance in the market. Mobile network operators, particularly in Asia, have been looking for other options. Apple’s refusal to modify its OS for operators to add customized services or differentiate operators’ brands is one of the key factors for their discontent.”
According to the report:
Tizen has been quick to build its membership group and some very notable mobile vendors are volunteering their support. Orange and Vodafone are two potentially key network operators for making an impact in Europe. Furthermore, KT, NTT DoCoMo, and SK Telekom have promised to promote the emerging OS in Asia. ABI Research forecasts Asia-Pacific will provide the biggest opportunity for the new OS and almost 65% of its future smartphone installed base will be to this single region.
Although Tizen—or any of the emerging OSes—are not projected to make a significant impact on the global mobile OS market this year, the new group of OS platforms is forecast to make steady progress over the next five years, with 135 million smartphone shipments worldwide.