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Samsung Expects Tizen's App Store Soon

Mar 06, 2014 11:56 AM EST

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Samsung is expected to launch Tizen’s App Store soon. Samsung will unveil a new smartphone device at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. “At a minimum we will be providing tens of thousands of apps able to run on the Tizen platform, and we’ve had discussions that go up into the hundreds of thousands,” says Howie Hecht, director of product management and content platforms for Open Mobile. There are currently over 6,000 apps personalized apps designed for Tizen. Unofficial disclosures are known to come from the Samsung officials at conferences.

Google’s Android OS will host a significant number of existing apps with the new technology. The Tizen app store will launch after the Tizen smartphone. Tizen may become a great alternative to Android. There are challenges such as it could become threat to Google’s users. Google and Samsung signed a cross-licensing deal recently which was for intellectual property. The successful launch could indicate a departure from Samsung.

Google Android led as the #1 smartphone platform with 52.2 percent platform market share. Google Sites ranked as the top mobile media property, while Facebook was the top individual app according the the latest report for the October 2013 U.S. Smartphone Subscriber Market Share released by comScore. Google offers a variety of services through the Android platform. Android developers and users can integrate the latest Google features to apps, such as sign-in, maps, and mobile payments.

Android OS still remains dominant in the smartphone market. Strong demand for smartphones across all geographies will drive much of this growth as worldwide smartphone shipments are expected to surpass 1 billion units for the first time in a single year, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. Android OS shares may decline due to market maturity and competition. Google’s Android OS is leading the Android smartphone market. Low cost smartphone device revenues still remain strong in emerging markets.

As of February 2013 there were no new announcements which have come from either Samsung or Intel about releasing Tizen on actual devices. Tizen Devices made by Samsung were said to ship in 2013, perhaps in August or September, then replaced to "Later in 2013" and then perhaps in early 2014. Samsung released the source code of firmwares for their NX2000 and NX300 cameras last year. The architecture of this source code is based on Tizen.

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