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The Tizen Challenge

Samsung’s reportedly lined up NTT DoCoMo to sell a Tizen handset in Japan

From the way Samsung's talking, it's prepared to field a platoon of widgets based on the Linux mobile platform Intel is pushing.

It told Bloomberg it's planning "to release new, competitive Tizen devices within this year and will keep expanding the lineup depending on market conditions."

In other words, it needs Tizen, which is meant for smartphones, tablets and TVs, to catch on with the developer class to create a robust ecosystem.

It's reportedly lined up NTT DoCoMo, Japan's largest wireless carrier with 60 million subscribers, to sell a Tizen handset in Japan. No surprise there really. Intel, Samsung, DoCoMo and Vodafone got together last year to form the Tizen Association.

Samsung is understood to want to lessen its dependence on Google and its Android operating system especially since Google bought Samsung rival Motorola Mobility.

Tizen is supposed to be more open than Android and HTML5-friendly. The LiMo and Linux Foundations are also supposed to jointly develop Tizen.

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