This, of course, leaves developers in a quandary. If Samsung fully builds out Tizen and breaks its ties to Android, do developers port their apps to the Tizen phones and tablets? Some believe developers won’t follow, simply because Android has an install base of around 1 billion devices while iOS is around the 500 million mark. Tizen? Zero.
Would you ever green-light a project to port your applications from platforms with 1.5 million users to platforms with absolutely zero users?
Of course not. And you wouldn’t use that zero-user platform to build an Internet-of-things device either, because there’s just no point. If you’re going to embed software, there are a dozen solutions that are better: QNX is actually the only thing making BlackBerry money right now, and Wind River has some delightful embedded OS options you can choose from.
And if you really must have Linux on your embedded device, there are a dozen choices that are better than Tizen. Frankly, we’re convinced that Tizen is just a way for Samsung to spend some of the money it doesn’t know what to do with in its R&D budget. And for that purpose, it’s excellently suited.