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Samsung will unveil major Tizen changes at MWC, to combat Google’s Android lockdown
Posted: 27-Jan-2014 [Source: Extreme Tech]

[Samsung plans to show off its Tizen operating system at MWC next month according to the rumor mill. ]

Joel Hruska -- "According to multiple reports, Samsung’s major unveil at MWC in February will focus on the operating system it’s been building for the past few years rather a smartphone launch. Presumably, Samsung will announce the Galaxy S5 at its own event, as it did last year with the S4. The fact that the Korean manufacturer wants to put such an emphasis on Tizen, however, is still surprising given that the OS has only shipped on a handful of camera SKUs to date."

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"Samsung’s work on Tizen illustrates that the company doesn’t much like the way Android has been turned into a Google-only show. The terms and agreements surrounding the Google applications that govern the Android experience (and that users want) are as much a prison as the ecosystem that Android was ostensibly supposed to combat. Faced with the difficulty of building its own competing applications at the heart of Android or targeting a new OS that isn’t encumbered by the same license terms, Samsung has decided to pour effort into both camps. Samsung’s own version of Google apps and its TouchWiz UI skin aren’t just annoyances (though they’re certainly annoying) — they’re the manufacturer’s attempt to insure it has acceptable alternatives if its arrangement with Google breaks down. The Google Play ecosystem only exacerbates the trend — apps that use Google APIs can’t run properly on devices like the Kindle Fire."

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