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If you’re a Samsung fan and neither Android nor Windows Phone carry enough appeal for you, you’re in luck as Samsung has confirmed that it will launch more than one Tizen-powered smartphone this year.

For those of you who are not aware, Tizen is an open-source OS based on Linux that Samsung develops in partnership with Intel. When Google purchased Motorola early last year, some wondered if this acquisition would pressure Samsung to move away from the Android OS, and the 2013 Tizen launch is the first sign that this may me happening.

Samsung — in an email sent to Bloomberg Businessweek — said that it plans to release “new, competitive Tizen devices within this year,” adding that it will expand its lineup depending on market conditions.

Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun, in a report recently acquired by SamMobile, revealed that Samsung was set to launch a Tizen device at Mobile World Congress (MWC) this February, a device that will be sold through Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo, but there has not been any word on pricing or specs for this device, nor for the devices due out later this year. Will you be investing in a Tizen-powered handset?

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By Josh Robert Nay

Josh Robert Nay is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TruTower. He has worked in the telecommunications industry since 2003 and specializes in GSM based technology. He also uses (too many) VoIP apps and is a long-time user of BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Phone. He adores anything having to do with space exploration and writing. In addition to the links below, he can be found on LinkedIn and can also be found on his website at