The Tizen Alliance weakens as the number of member companies decreases from 10 to 4
The Tizen Alliance was established by Intel and Samsung to create a viable third option to Android and iOS. Other than Intel and Samsung, there were eight other firms including KT, Fujitsu, NTT Docomo, Orange Telecom, Huawei, SK Telecom, NEC, and LG U+. However, the Tizen Alliance is weakening with each passing year as iOS and Android are the only major smartphone operating systems left in the market.
According to a new report from Business Korea, the Tizen Alliance currently has only four members left – Intel, Samsung, SK Telecom and LG U+. Most of the members of the alliance left one by one as Intel remains the only non-Korean firm in the Tizen Alliance. Fujitsu left the board, while Huawei, KT, NTT Docomo, and Orange Telecom withdrew from the official board members to become advisory board members.
NTT Docomo, which was the most enthusiastic board member of the Alliance back in 2012, currently shows no activities. NEC left the board back in 2014, while Huawei changed its stance by developing its own IoT operating system. Even Intel is showing a lukewarm response in the development process, and it has changed its Tizen manager four times till now.
Samsung has started using Tizen in its smart TVs, refrigerators, smartphones, smartwatches, fitness trackers, and other home appliances. The company is planning to use the operating system in connected cars and in-car infotainment systems.