After Google announced earlier this week that they were working with Samsung for an updated version of Wear OS, rumours of Samsung entirely retiring Tizen for smart TVs in favour of Android TV started flying around. Now, Samsung has confirmed that this will not be happening.
“Tizen still is the default platform for our smart TVs going forward,” a Samsung spokesperson told Protocol.
While this is not shocking, we won’t deny we would have loved for this to be the case, or better yet the all-new Google TV UI on Samsung Smart TVs, however, Tizen has been Samsung’s platform of choice for TVs for quite some time now, and clearly, it hasn’t been a failed effort, as Samsung’s TV lineup has proved extremely popular globally.
“Tizen project resides within the Linux Foundation and is governed by a Technical Steering Group. The Technical Steering Group is the primary decision-making body for the open-source project, with a focus on platform development and delivery, along with the formation of working groups to support device verticals,” according to the Tizen website.
Tizen powers a variety of Samsung devices, including the likes of Galaxy Fit 2 Pro and Galaxy Watch Active. Samsung also experimented with Tizen-powered Z-series phones. Evidently, these did not take off.