Tizen OS is an unannounced mobile platform that was born from the MeeGo project. Currently, the Tizen operating system is developed by Samsung, Intel and several developers who worked on the MeeGo platform.
Although this is an open-source project, it appears that Samsung will have the upper hand here, as the Korean handset manufacturer plans to announce the first smartphone to run the Tizen OS next month, at Mobile World Congress 2012, in Barcelona.
Until today, Tizen OS was a bit of a mystery, but courtesy to the folks over at SamMobile we now have the first screenshots of the mobile platform. However, according to the person responsible for this leak, this is an alpha release of the operating system.
In the same piece of news, Tizen OS is scheduled to be released in the first quarter of 2012 and rumor has it that the first device to be powered by this platform is the Samsung I9500.
We have already reported on the upcoming Samsung I9500, but everyone thought that it was likely to be the next-generation Samsung Galaxy S III, expected to be announced at the MWC 2012 in February, as well.
While part of this information is true, as Samsung indeed plans to go official with this device next month, it appears that this has nothing to do with the Galaxy S family of smartphones.
If Samsung I9500 is the first to run Tizen OS, the Korean company is likely to debut a new series of smartphones, just like it did with the Wave family of devices that run its proprietary bada OS.
The Samsung I9500 was identified via the user-agent of the device that took the snapshots showing Tizen’s UI.
No other details on the phone’s specs sheet have been revealed yet, but the screenshots indicate that this might sport an 800 x 480 resolution display, unless the pictures have been resized.
For more screenshots with Tizen's UI head over at SamMobile's site.