Samsung Tizen analysis: Can Samsung survive without Android? | BGR: " . . . there are alternative options. One example is the path Amazon (AMZN) has taken. Amazon let Google do the grunt work and then took its open-source Android OS and built its own software and service layer on top. Kindle Fire users don’t sit around waiting for Android updates — many of them don’t even know they’re using an Android-powered tablet. Samsung could do the same thing, but there is a great deal of prep work that would need to be done first. Amazon’s efforts were so successful (depending on your measure of success) because the company already had a massive ecosystem in place before it even launched its first device. Streaming movies and TV shows, eBooks, retail shopping and a stocked application store were all available on the Kindle Fire from day one. Samsung doesn’t have this luxury. . . . "
Samsung to launch first Tizen-based smartphone in 2013: Report | NDTV Gadgets: "Samsung is said to be working in collaboration with NTT DoCoMo to launch a Tizen-based smartphone, according to reports in Yomiuri Shimbun. This smartphone is expected to see the light of the day by sometime next year. For people who may not be aware,Tizen is a linux-based open source operating system announced after the demise of MeeGo. Nokia had launched two MeeGo-based smartphones Nokia N9 and Nokia N950. However, it later decided to partner with Microsoft, leaving a foundation backed by Samsung, Intel and others to take over the development of the operating system, which became Tizen. Tizen is seen as an alternative operating system to iOS and Android. It is touted to be more open Android and HTML5-friendly by its makers. In May 2012, Tizen had released its 1.0 Larkspur SDK and source code."
New Google Asia servers expected to bring 30% speed boost when they go live later this year - The Next Web: "Google is on track to turn on new servers in Taiwan and Singapore later this year that could bring speed boosts of up to 30 percent across its services, The Economic Times reports. . . . A third center in Hong Kong is also underway, but the company hasn’t yet given an estimate on when it will open. All three facilities will cost over $700 million to build. India is expected to be one of the key beneficiaries once the new data centers are up and running. . . Google already operates seven data centers in the US and facilities in Finland, Belgium and Ireland, but the lack of an Asia center has likely inhibited the company’s potential for growth in the region."
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