Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest maker of smartphones and mobile phones, has called Mozilla, a leading developer of Internet browsers, to form a relationship with the group that develops Tizen platform for mobile devices. Samsung was did not reveal any details about the possible partnership, but a logical idea for both mobile operating system is to ensure application-level compatibility.
Both Mozilla’s FireFox OS as well as Tizen (which is jointly developed by Intel Corp. and Samsung) are standards-based, cross-architecture software operating systems for various devices. Both platforms leverage the robustness and flexibility of HTML5 which is rapidly emerging as a preferred application environment for mobile applications. However, since the two are still different, they cannot run the same software.
At the HTML5 Fusion Technique forum, which was held in Seoul, South Korea, Wonsuk Lee of Samsung Electronics gave speech about how the process of developing Tizen platform is going and stressed that Tizen must cooperate and create a helping relationship with FireFox OS community, reports ZDNet web-site. Since both FireFox OS and Tizen are based on HTML5, Mozilla, Intel and Samsung can cooperate on the platform and software development tools level to ensure that once HTML5 application is written, it can run on both platforms, said the representative for Samsung.
The first smartphones based on FireFox OS are already available in some European and Latin American countries. By contrast, Samsung has again delayed its first Tizen-based handset to the first half of 2014.
Earlier this year a high-ranking Samsung executive denied possibility to release a smartphone based on FireFox OS.