Top 10 Smartphone Mobile Operating Systems (OS) in World 2016

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7. Tizen (Samsung)

The Samsung mobile operating system is also known as the Tizen. It is developed by Samsung along with Intel.

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Built on a Linux platform and Intel’s MeeGo, the operating system is open source like Android, and manufacturers can freely tinker and tweak it to enhance the interface and make the UI as unique as they might like. Samsung has also tried incorporating some of the better known features of Bada, its standalone operating system.


The Tizen has a 0.03% market share as of 2016 in the world smartphone operating system market. Tizen is a good avenue for content creators as it is HTML5 based. It provides for shorter development life cycles, works seamlessly with the web and allows for creative development of applications.

For the users, it means lighter mobile applications and native support for video and in particular Youtube videos which can be run without downloading the plugins for the player. The Tizen is also dramatically similar to Android in terms of look and feel. Dynamic boxes and resize functionalities play a crucial role in the overall feel of the UI. Tizen also includes notifications that can be swiped down with a toggle bar and it supports integrated power saving, multitasking, firewall to keep out blocked sites and other features on contemporary Samsung phones. As for the apps, Tizen supports native and web applications and Bada apps were ported over into the Tizen app store when the two got merged. Samsung also started a Tizen app Challenge in 2013 in which it gave $4 million to some 60 odd developers who developed native apps for Tizen. This is one of the strategy that is employed by Samsung to keep the catalogue of apps full.

Market share = 0.03%

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