Samsung is bringing Tizen to even more home appliances
Samsung has been baking its Tizen operating system into its major home appliances, including refrigerators and televisions, for a while now, but a new report out of South Korea claims that it’s planning on bringing it to small-sized products, like lighting and thermometers, as well.
When you take the firm’s recent release of a SmartThings-enabled Connect Home Wi-Fi hub into account, it becomes apparent that the firm has devised a plan to dominate the smart home market: it’s going to use a universal operating system to ensure that all appliances can talk to each other.
It’s a neat concept for sure, but will it work? Probably not. In order to succeed, Samsung will need to provide third-party manufacturers with an incentive to pre-load Tizen on their products; however, with Android leading the market, there’s little reason for them to make the switch.
The report also notes that using an in-house operating system for future products is a lot more cost-effective for Samsung as it won’t have to pay a substantial amount of royalties to other OS developers (cough, cough, Google, cough) whenever it developers a new appliance.