Could the Galaxy S5 run Tizen instead of Android?

Could the Galaxy S5 run Tizen instead of Android?

The fact that Samsung has its own internal IBTimes suggests that Samsung will start pushing out some of its newer devices running the Tizen OS instead of their standard Android. 

A Samsung Galaxy S4 running to Tizen operating system. / ©

While we’re not expecting a full blown takeover of Tizen on Samsung devices, it could be seen as a business move for the South Korean giant to keep costs low in more developing markets. As such, right now Samsung sends a portion of its revenue to Google just to be able to use the Android trademark and Google also gets a cut of the share through users buying apps, music, and everything else through their Google Play Store.

© TizenIndonesia

Tizen in the wild

One of the bigger issues that Samsung will need to face if it goes full steam ahead with a deployment of devices with Tizen would be the services provided by the operating system. Goodbye Google Play Store, goodbye compatible apps. They’d be starting from scratch and having to draw developers over to their new system.

Tizen is a young system and having a flagship device try to pass the torch of such a system might do more harm than good to Samsung. Do we really expect the Galaxy S5 to have Tizen? Not likely. Would it be out of the question for Samsung to release a version of the device running Tizen? It's not that far-fetched. If Samsung were to take the device and wrap it in its own operating system, it could possibly offer its flagship device for a lower price in emerging markets.

So, what do you think? Would you buy a Samsung device that was running Tizen? 

Source: CNET

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  • It would not run Tizen exclusively, that would just be suicide... the general population is averse to change without clear benefits. In fact it is unlikely it would run Tizen at all since the wisdom of starting a fight with google at this point in time (and becoming even more exposed to attacks from apple) is very questionable.

    Furthermore, there are many people like myself who view Samsung as incidental, they just happened to sell the best phone (or the best phone at the right price point) for our purposes, at the time we needed a new one. Samsung don't have a significantly sizeable & irrational apple-esque fan-base that would follow them without question.

    They have a lot of people looking for decent value for money & something familiar and they have some who have downloaded, tested, tweaked and customized their android stuff, a little at a time until they ended up with the perfect set-up that works in harmony with themselves. Their loyalty is to that set-up, to themselves.

    Oh and anyone talking about privacy... android is open source, there are plenty of builds that have no privacy issues of any significance. Gapps, some manufacture mods and some user installed apps are the real issue.

    If you're worried about privacy you can run a custom rom without (or with) gapps and or use Xprivacy.

    Currently I have near total control with a setup built on a base of CM10.1.3 RC2, Gapps(partial), Xprivacy, Droidwall, ABP

    Xprivacy (and removing various gapps) takes a little trial and error if you want to minimize the google presence and fake as much data as you can to gapps, while retaining the functionality you require.

    @ the guy who said "We are not secure anymore."

    We were never secure. We never will be. We can only change our relative security. The greatest risk to our security is our own stupidity and the greatest of our stupidities is a sense of security.

    However some here comments have shown there is something even worse:

    There are actually people here <i>anticipating</i> a sense of security from an unknown.

  • for the reason ed de caprio deduced dated sept 19, i think it will be good for samsung to have another parallel operating system. people dont feel secure from google's prying eyes.

  • will tizen be a nyc one...???

  • hmmmm....

  • My1 Sep 20, 2013 Link to comment

    isnt one comment enough???

  • Double post.

  • I wouldn't be surprised if they slap this operating system on devices destined for emerging markets. But in North America and Europe? Most likely not.

  • I look for this with great interest for the simple reason what Google is doing with our private data.
    We are not secure anymore. Google is scanning everything and intruding our privacy.
    Enough is enough, we need an open os where users are aware of what is happening such as with Linux. We are tied of everyone watching into lives and our privacy.

  • It would be suicide for Samsung to do this. they know, we know it so it aint gonna happen.

  • If they switched to Tizen, only if Google died, so I would never.

  • The moment samsung dump android is when I dump Samsung, simple as

  • My1 Sep 18, 2013 Link to comment

    I dont think the Galaxy S5 will run Tizen I think they'll use a new name for Them. dont know which names they had for bada but the newer Win devices are called Ativ, also we had the Onmia Series that used the Win Mobile and Galaxy is Android...

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