May 28, 2013
Samsung and Intel’s Tizen OS may not have materialized in any real form, but a recent announcement means that for the common person, it’s likely to be a real possibility. See, Unity has announced that they will support exporting to Tizen. This is a huge deal because Unity is a cross-platform game development engine that supports PC/Mac/Linux, the current-gen consoles, and iOS/Android. If the powers that be behind Tizen are striking deals to ensure that developers can easily put their apps on the platform, then the odds of Samsung heavily pushing a Tizen device in the near future seems more likely.
While Tizen’s Android compatibility layer will mean that games will have a support leg up from the outset, getting native content will be a boon for support. And if developers have ways to easily export to Samsung’s newest phone on Tizen, it may well be worth the push. It seems to be a similar initiative as 100% Indie – entice developers with a juicy fruit to go to their store and to ensure that they have a bigger library.
So, if and when the first Galaxy Tizen phone materializes, and it could be in a month at Samsung Premiere 2013, then there would be no excuse for it to not have content. Be prepared.