Samsung today announced that it will license its implementation of Tizen OS – which itself was born from the Linux Foundation in 2012 – to a number of television manufacturers starting this year. That’s not a problem, of course. Roku and Amazon Fire TV each license their operating systems to different manufacturers (and Amazon recently started making its own branded TVs in the Omni range), and LG’s webOS has gotten into the game, too. You can also get Google TV on many sets.
But don’t expect to see Tizen OS on any mainstream TV in the United States anytime soon. The first brands to get Tizen are Akai, Bauhn, and Linsar – all based in Australia – and they’re available now. Other TVs from the likes of RCA, Vispera, and Axen will hit Italy, New Zealand, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom later this year.
Samsung first announced that Tizen OS will be licensed at the 2021 Developer Conference.
The new sets will be able to take advantage of Samsung TV Plus, which is Samsung’s version of free and ad-supported TV streaming (a la Tubi or Freevee in the US), as well as World Guide and Bixby, which is the voice of Samsung. assistant.
“2022 has been an unforgettable year for Tizen OS as we celebrate its 10th anniversary and the first Tizen smart TVs available in other products,” said Yongjae Kim, Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics, in a statement. of news. . Starting with these new Tizen-powered TVs, we will continue to expand the licensing process and bring Tizen OS and its ecosystem to more products and brands around the world.
Tizen OS has made an appearance in other Samsung products – namely as an Android alternative for phones and watches. But it never really went away, and instead served as an active Samsung TV program.
There’s no word yet on whether it will ever hit any other manufacturers in the United States, but the field is already crowded with sets running software from Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Google TV.