Acer and ASUS opt into Tizen; HTC ponders say sources

Chris Davies - Sep 29, 2011, 4:59am CDT
Acer and ASUS opt into Tizen; HTC ponders say sources

Tizen, the platform that gobbled up MeeGo, may only be a few days old but already it’s reportedly gaining support from new companies including ASUS and Acer. The firms are each apparently set to add Tizen development to their engineer’s workload, DigiTimes‘ sources claim, with HTC said to be “currently evaluating its decision.” The shift in OS focus will mean that ASUS and Acer’s existing MeeGo device plans are put on ice, it’s suggested.

That could mean delays if you were hoping to pick up an Acer Iconia M500 tablet, which promised MeeGo on an Atom processor, but it’s unclear what will happen to the ASUS Eee PC X101. The MeeGo-based netbook is already up for sale, though it’s possible that it could be the last ASUS model to support the platform.

DigiTimes’ sources also claim that Samsung’s integration between bada and Tizen is pretty much a foregone conclusion, with the suggestion that the new OS’ app store will “merge the current resources of Intel’s MeeGo and Samsung’s Bada.” With Tizen tipped to show up not only on phones and tablets, but smart TVs, netbooks, in-car infotainment systems and other platforms, it would certainly be a more straightforward way for Samsung to follow through on its apparent ambitions to develop a more complex smart TV system.

Although the first Tizen release isn’t expected until February 2012, Intel apparently confirmed at its AppUpElements conference that the SDK is on track for distribution in November, according to The Handheld Blog.

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