As this was announced here in January that Samsung has plans to launch Tizen OS based smartphones this year.
Samsung has just announced the Tizen 2.0 OS in collaboration with Intel in Mobile World Congress 2013.
The Tizen 2.0 OS is based on the Linux operating system similar to Android and as pointed out in an earlier report, most of the impetus behind Tizen comes from cellphone carriers, which want a successful counterweight to the clout of Google and Apple.
Sprint is a member of the Tizen Association, but it hasn’t said if it has any plans to bring Tizen handsets to the U.S. Other major backers include Intel and Huawei. Other companies on the Tizen Association board of directors are Fujitsu, KT, NEC, Docomo, Orange, Panasonic, SK Telecom and Vodafone.
France-based telecom operator Orange said that it will sell Tizen 2.0 handsets this year, with devices from Samsung and possibly Huawei. Speaking earlier to reporters and industry insiders on the sidelines of the MWC, Yves Maitre, the executive in charge of handsets at Orange, said the carrier expects to launch Tizen phones in France this year and in developing countries next year.
The executives of Orange and NTT DoCoMo stated that the Tizen phones would witness high end pricing, upwards of $300.