Samsung adding Android apps support to Tizen?

Any sensible individual will tell you that for a mobile OS to work in today’s market, it needs to have all the major apps that are present on popular operating systems like Android or iOS. Given Android’s open nature, OS like BlackBerry and Sailfish decided to take the easy route and simply add support for Android apps, instantly giving them a huge number of apps right from the get go. Samsung, obviously banking on its market presence, didn’t think it needed to add Android app support to Tizen, but according to a new report, the company could be having second thoughts about that decision.

According to rumors, Samsung is currently talking to two companies in order to create a virtual machine that would run Java-based Android apps on Tizen. Apparently, Samsung is thinking of doing this temporarily, so that it can allow developers to create native apps for Tizen while allowing consumers access to the popular apps that they may be looking for after moving over from another OS. Of course, this does pose a scenario where users would face a different experience when shifting from an Android app to a native version of the same app, but it would still be a good move and give Tizen the app count it needs to make a dent in the competitive smartphone market.

Of course, these are all rumors, so nothing is official until it comes from the horse’s mouth. Samsung has said that Tizen is aimed at devices with as low as 256MB RAM, but that would be a problem if it decides to build in Android apps support (as a virtual machine demands extra memory, the reason why all BlackBerry 10 devices come with at least 1.5GB of RAM), so it would be interesting to see how the company handles things if it does bake in support for Android apps.

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2 years 11 months ago

Yes…Android Apps+Tizen OS. 100% chance for Samsung. Otherwise Everythings will vain.

2 years 11 months ago

With Google cross licensing agreement already signed, this sounds ridiculous. Google Android’s application layer is running inside Android’s Monolithic Linux Kernel. It’s modular…. meaning the application layer or VM can be shimmed and dropped right into Tizen’s Linux Kernel. Which are at their base the same Linux Kernel version even right now.

But this would only get them Dalvik compatible app downloads from Play Store w/ Play Store installed in Tizen. What about Google’s ongoing move to ART…. platform? Where it’s already compiled to interpreted code at install? Which is eliminating the JIT compiler. You’re then doing away with the need to even have a Dalvik VM dropped into Tizen. Then you just make that ART Interpreter compatible in the Tizen Linux Kernel instead with ART Apps either complied already or compiled at install time. So my guess would be that Tizen would get ART in a deal to run Play Store on Tizen and in Samsung’s Smart TV’s. Which would make Google happier and richer, while giving Samsung a solid ecosystem built into all Samsung’s products. Kill that lame MS IE Browser and goodies us Samsung Smart TV’s have to deal with now. I HATE… that slow IE Browser with a passion! …..almost to the point where I’d be willing go to another brand. Maybe even LG!!!

Anyway… Google is already working on integrating Open Source Tizen’s far superior Online Web HTML5 Application Cloud layer and embedding into Android’s kernel. This is the basis of Samsung’s Tizen HTML5 Application Cloud layer being developed by Samsung. Using their Samsung Linux Application (SLP) layer and Bada OS base. In fact Google Android can already run Tizen’s HTML5 Applications and they run faster! ……FASTER than Android or Apple’s iOS with Safari Webkit Browser!!!


2 years 11 months ago

Go for it Samsung.