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News Article | May 10, 2017
Site: www.theguardian.com

Apple has bought Finnish sleep tracking firm Beddit to boost its health and fitness services, as it attempts to secure its place in the “quantified self” market. Beddit, which was founded in 2007 and has been selling its sleep tracker in Apple stores since 2015, confirmed the acquisition with an updated privacy policy. The update revised on 8 May said: “Beddit has been acquired by Apple. Your personal data will be collected, used and disclosed in accordance with the Apple privacy policy.” Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Beddit had raised $3.5m (£2.7m) in funding since it was founded. The £130 Beddit sleep tracker consists of a 1.5mm thick strip of sensors that are placed on ttop of the mattress and connected to a wall outlet for power. Combined with an Android or iPhone app, the Beddit 3 sleep sensor tracks sleep time and quality, heart rate, breathing rate and snoring. It also acts as an intelligent alarm clock that wakes you up in the lightest sleep phase. The Espoo-based company partnered with fitness tracking firm Misfit in 2014 to create the co-branded Misfit Beddit, before Misfit and its Shine fitness tracker were acquired by watchmaker Fossil group for $260m in November 2015. Beddit has been described as the “Fitbit of sleep” for its easy to use sensor and comprehensive night-time tracking and analytics, an area that Apple is weak. To date Apple has not featured sleep tracking at all within its iPhone or Apple Watch fitness apps. Third-party sleep tracking apps, including Beddit, have filled the gap using the iPhone, but with its requirement of a nightly charge, sleep has remained the Achilles heel of the Apple Watch’s otherwise fairly comprehensive health-tracking tools. Apple, which has become the first company to top the $800bn mark in market capitalisation, has found itself in a battle with San Francisco-based Fitbit for not only the top smartwatch, but also the top wearable device. Until recently, Fitbit was the market leader in wearable device sales, but according to data from Strategy Analytics, Apple has overtaken Fitbit to become the world’s largest wearable device manufacturer, shipping 3.5m Apple Watches and holding 16% of the global market in the first quarter of 2017, a figure up 59% year-on-year. Apple was closely followed by China’s Xiaomi with 3.4m wearables shipped and 15% of the market, while Fitbit slumped to third with just 2.9m wearable devices and 13% of the market, down 36% year-on-year. With wearable device shipments growing by 21% to 22m units in Quarter 1 2017, it is a market Apple could use to contribute a meaningful sum to its bottom line, which is currently dominated by a single product – the iPhone – that has seen declining sales. While the initial focus for smartwatches, including Google’s Android Wear watches and the Apple Watch, was around apps and notifications, it quickly became apparent that health and fitness was a driving reason that customers bought the items. For Apple and any other smartwatch makers, comprehensive fitness and health tracking is essential. Sleep tracking has remained the domain of fitness trackers such as the Beddit, or wrist-worn devices such as the Fitbit Charge, which do not need charging each night to last through the day. Whether Apple will continue to sell the Beddit sleep sensor remains to be seen. It is likely the technology and sleep analysis behind it will end up in future Apple products, including the Apple Watch.


News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: www.techradar.com

Thanks to devices like the Samsung Gear S3, Tizen is now the second-most popular smartwatch out there, with only the watchOS on board the Apple Watch ahead of it. That's according to a new report from Strategy Analytics. Samsung began phasing out Android Wear on its wrist computers back in 2015, pushing ahead with Tizen instead - an OS that has also found its way to the occasional low-end smartphone and Samsung's range of smart TVs. At the time it seemed to have little chance of usurping Android in any category, but Google's smartwatch OS has now slumped to third place in the market, despite a slew of new devices running Android Wear 2.0 launching this year. Tizen's share of the smartwatch market now stands at 19 percent, Tizen Experts reports, with Android Wear at 18 percent and Apple's watchOS at 57 percent. Tizen watches work with both Android and iOS phones, as does Android Wear, to an extent. It's perhaps a testament to the quality of the smartwatches (and fitness trackers) that Samsung has been churning out as well as a sign of the way Android Wear has languished over the last 12 months. Google's recent major smartwatch OS update only recently rolled out, having been announced at last year's Google I/O. More market share of course means a potentially bigger audience for developers, so we might see more app makers embracing Tizen with wrist widgets and add-ons. As for Google and Android Wear, it's got a battle on its hands (or wrists).


News Article | May 10, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, Apple iPhone 7 was the world’s best-selling smartphone model in the first quarter of 2017. OPPO R9s was the star performer, shipping 9 million units globally and becoming the world’s third most popular smartphone model. Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics, said, “Global smartphone shipments reached a robust 353.3 million units in Q1 2017. The top-five most popular models together accounted for 1 in 6 of all smartphones shipped worldwide during the quarter.” Juha Winter, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics, added, “We estimate Apple iPhone 7 shipped 21.5 million units and captured 6 percent marketshare worldwide in Q1 2017. The iPhone 7 is by far the world’s most popular smartphone model, due to a compelling blend of user-friendly design, extensive supporting apps, and widespread retail availability for the device. Apple iPhone 7 Plus, with its bigger screen and higher pricing, shipped 17.4 million units for second place and 5 percent marketshare worldwide in Q1 2017. Apple today accounts for two of the world’s top five smartphone models.” Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics, added, “OPPO R9s shipped 8.9 million units for third place and 3 percent marketshare worldwide in Q1 2017. OPPO is largely unknown in the Western world, but its brand is wildly popular in China and growing rapidly across India. The R9s is OPPO’s flagship 4G device with key features such as dual-SIM connectivity and fingerprint security.” Linda Sui, Director at Strategy Analytics, added, “Samsung was still gearing up for the launch of its new Galaxy S8 portfolio, but managed to get two models in the top five during Q1 2017. The Galaxy J3 captured 2 percent global smartphone marketshare and fourth place, while Galaxy J5 took 1 percent global share to become the world’s fifth most popular model. Samsung’s J3 and J5 are midrange devices that sell very well across Europe and Asia and they helped to offset Samsung’s troubles with the Note 7 battery fiasco in the quarter.” The full report, What are the World’s Top 10 Smartphone Models?, is published by the Strategy Analytics Smartphone Model Tracker (SMT) service, details of which can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/kjt96sg. About Strategy Analytics: Strategy Analytics is a global, independent research and consulting firm. The company is headquartered in Boston, USA, with offices in the UK, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, India and China. Visit www.strategyanalytics.com for more information.


Artificial Intelligence has the potential to become the operating system of a consumer's life, running quietly in the background helping to make a user's life more convenient, personalized, and enriched. But to ensure seamless integration, all systems within one ecosystem must be able to communicate with each other, regardless of brand. Key findings include: Christopher Dodge, Associate Director and report author commented, "Fragmentation results in users having to devote extensive time to manage different devices and profiles. Consumers are frustrated by trying to remember which tasks a phone assistant can do versus an in-home assistant, versus voice recognition capabilities in a car; and all require different command language." Chris Schreiner, Director of Syndicated Research, UXIP added, "Consumers want the same level of intelligence to be imbedded in all the devices they are using. This way, AI could function much faster; and if the internet is down or slows, usage is not impacted." Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides the competitive edge with advisory services, consulting and actionable market intelligence for emerging technology, mobile and wireless, digital consumer and automotive electronics companies. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Strategy Analytics delivers insights for enterprise success. www.StrategyAnalytics.com. Analyzing UX innovation opportunities in wireless, smart home, and other emerging technologies, UXS forms part of the User Experience Innovation Practice (UXIP) at Strategy Analytics. Focusing on user behaviors, motivations and interests across multiple consumer verticals, UXIP helps clients meet consumer needs, develop usable solutions and deliver compelling user experiences through both syndicated and proprietary research capabilities. With our extensive expertise in large-scale survey work, in-depth interviews, focus groups and observational sessions, UXIP's research methodologies allow strategic user-centric analysis on the potential for new technologies. Providing actionable insight, go-to-market strategies and business recommendations, UXIP is a leading supplier of consumer knowledge to the technology industry. Click here for more information. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/fragmentation-in-artificial-intelligence-hinders-consumer-engagement-finds-strategy-analytics-300455190.html


Matt Wilkins, Senior Analyst and author of the report, noted "The beneficiaries of IoT in healthcare will be the patients, for whom IoT has the ability to deliver an experience that is less intrusive, less stressful and faster; but also the medical profession which may be able to operate with higher efficiency, through better knowledge of what is happening at any point in time with patients, professionals, equipment, and processes." Chris Ambrosio, Executive Director, said that "Healthcare providers are actively exploring IoT in how it can help them to improve patient quality of care, lower re-admissions, and shorten visit times; the advantages IoT offers in allowing them to use analytics for things like population health management to identify at-risk patients; and how using wearables to remotely and proactively diagnose symptoms." Ambrosio went on to add that "…for many, IoT has not demonstrated strategic value. Their larger strategic IT priorities (orbiting digital transformation,) combined with the myriad of regulatory requirements creates too much risk for HCPs to widely embrace IoT just yet." To learn more about the global opportunity for the Internet of Things across all vertical markets, a free Executive Summary can be downloaded from Strategy Analytics here: The full report, The Role of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the Global Healthcare Market, which includes scenario analysis, is published by the Strategy Analytics IoT Strategies service, details of which can be found here: Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides the competitive edge with advisory services, consulting and actionable market intelligence for emerging technology, mobile and wireless, digital consumer and automotive electronics companies. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Strategy Analytics delivers insights for enterprise success. www.StrategyAnalytics.com To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/strategy-analytics-iot-in-healthcare-shows-promise-but-business-case-justification-needs-work-300458580.html


New vehicle operation, performance, and features are increasingly reliant on software and data to function as designed. As such, the ability for automakers and suppliers to update software and modify data collection after vehicle purchase is quickly becoming crucial to managing the lifecycle of the vehicle, consumer driving experience, and continued realization of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), vehicle to everything (V2X) communications, and autonomous driving. The benefits of automotive OTA are multifaceted, including recall cost and cybersecurity mitigation, operations optimization, increased customer satisfaction and brand loyalty, and new opportunities for monetizing and expanding connected vehicle ecosystems. But planning and executing automotive OTA for millions of vehicles around the world is progressively complex given the sophistication of modern vehicle architectures and proliferation of electronic components, sensors, and systems from a wide-variety of suppliers. Airbiquity's OTAmatic solution takes the complexity out of automotive OTA by reliably and securely orchestrating and automating multi-ECU software updates and data management—at scale. This production-ready product has been specifically designed and engineered for automotive; can be purchased at the component level or as an end-to-end solution; can be deployed in the Airbiquity cloud, leading public clouds, or on-premise in customer data centers; and includes the following features: "Airbiquity OTAmatic comes at an essential time for the automotive industry given the complexities of the OTA service delivery landscape," said Roger Lanctot, Associate Director – Global Automotive Practice, at Strategy Analytics. "Airbiquity's been doing automotive telematics from the beginning, and understands the technology and customer requirements for mission critical solutions like OTA. We're not surprised to see a robust OTA offering from Airbiquity, and expect OTAmatic will receive widespread consideration from automakers and suppliers looking for a fully featured ready to deploy OTA solution." "With deep expertise and tenure in connected vehicle services, Airbiquity is well equipped to bring an innovative OTA offering to market that best serves the unique needs of automotive," said Kamyar Moinzadeh, President and CEO of Airbiquity. "Our team committed to developing the best production-ready OTA product possible, and we've delivered on that with OTAmatic. The product has received fantastic market feedback so far, and we look forward to multiple customer deployments in the very near future." Learn more about Airbiquity and the OTAmatic offering here. Airbiquity will also host OTAmatic customer meetings and demos at the industry's largest automotive telematics event in North America, TU-Automotive Detroit 2017, June 7-8. To request a meeting with Airbiquity contact sales@airbiquity.com. About Airbiquity Airbiquity® is a global leader in connected vehicle services and pioneer in the development and engineering of automotive telematics technology. At the forefront of automotive innovation, Airbiquity operates the industry's most advanced cloud-based connected vehicle service delivery platform, Choreo™, and supports all leading use cases including over-the-air (OTA) software and data management. Working with Airbiquity, automakers and automotive suppliers are deploying highly scalable, reliable, and manageable connected vehicle services meeting the safety, entertainment, and convenience needs of their customers in over 60 countries around the world. Learn more about Airbiquity at www.airbiquity.com or join the conversation @airbiquity. Airbiquity is a trademark of Airbiquity Inc.


Airbiquity's OTAmatic solution takes the complexity out of automotive OTA by reliably and securely orchestrating and automating multi-ECU software updates and data management—at scale. This production-ready product has been specifically designed and engineered for automotive; can be purchased at the component level or as an end-to-end solution; can be deployed in the Airbiquity cloud, leading public clouds, or on-premise in customer data centers; and includes the following features: "Airbiquity OTAmatic comes at an essential time for the automotive industry given the complexities of the OTA service delivery landscape," said Roger Lanctot, Associate Director – Global Automotive Practice, at Strategy Analytics. "Airbiquity's been doing automotive telematics from the beginning, and understands the technology and customer requirements for mission critical solutions like OTA. We're not surprised to see a robust OTA offering from Airbiquity, and expect OTAmatic will receive widespread consideration from automakers and suppliers looking for a fully featured ready to deploy OTA solution." "With deep expertise and tenure in connected vehicle services, Airbiquity is well equipped to bring an innovative OTA offering to market that best serves the unique needs of automotive," said Kamyar Moinzadeh, President and CEO of Airbiquity. "Our team committed to developing the best production-ready OTA product possible, and we've delivered on that with OTAmatic. The product has received fantastic market feedback so far, and we look forward to multiple customer deployments in the very near future." Learn more about Airbiquity and the OTAmatic offering here. Airbiquity will also host OTAmatic customer meetings and demos at the industry's largest automotive telematics event in North America, TU-Automotive Detroit 2017, June 7-8. To request a meeting with Airbiquity contact sales@airbiquity.com. About Airbiquity Airbiquity® is a global leader in connected vehicle services and pioneer in the development and engineering of automotive telematics technology. At the forefront of automotive innovation, Airbiquity operates the industry's most advanced cloud-based connected vehicle service delivery platform, Choreo™, and supports all leading use cases including over-the-air (OTA) software and data management. Working with Airbiquity, automakers and automotive suppliers are deploying highly scalable, reliable, and manageable connected vehicle services meeting the safety, entertainment, and convenience needs of their customers in over 60 countries around the world. Learn more about Airbiquity at www.airbiquity.com or join the conversation @airbiquity. Airbiquity is a trademark of Airbiquity Inc. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/airbiquity-introduces-otamatic-for-connected-vehicle-over-the-air-ota-software-updates-and-data-management-300458726.html


News Article | May 17, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

Smart speakers such as Amazon Echo or Google Home could be the Trojan horse in this predicament - bridging the gap between cost and value. "Smart speakers currently on the market are easily extendible, highly compatible, provide multiple use cases beyond the 'home,' provide hands-free control and offer a non-invasive, cheaper first time smart home purchase", commented Taryn Tulay, Senior Analyst and report author. "They can also be continually updated to include new devices and services." Chris Schreiner, Director of Syndicated Research, UXIP added, "Education and awareness of how a connected lifestyle will improve the consumers' life is essential to drive adoption of the smart home, as is the continual education of what devices and services are compatible to encourage further adoption. Smart speakers provide a simple but valuable solution to promoting the tangible benefits of smart home solutions." Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides the competitive edge with advisory services, consulting and actionable market intelligence for emerging technology, mobile and wireless, digital consumer and automotive electronics companies. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Strategy Analytics delivers insights for enterprise success. www.StrategyAnalytics.com. Analyzing UX innovation opportunities in wireless, smart home, and other emerging technologies, UXS forms part of the User Experience Innovation Practice (UXIP) at Strategy Analytics. Focusing on user behaviors, motivations and interests across multiple consumer verticals, UXIP helps clients meet consumer needs, develop usable solutions and deliver compelling user experiences through both syndicated and proprietary research capabilities. With our extensive expertise in large-scale survey work, in-depth interviews, focus groups and observational sessions, UXIP's research methodologies allow strategic user-centric analysis on the potential for new technologies. Providing actionable insight, go-to-market strategies and business recommendations, UXIP is a leading supplier of consumer knowledge to the technology industry. Click here for more information. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/are-smart-speakers-the-trojan-horse-for-widespread-smart-home-adoption-300459226.html


The desire for users to complete everyday tasks and functions using AI is high. But current AI solutions often fall short of expectations due to limitations in capability and functionality. "Effective learning is critical to creating a compelling experience in this way," commented Christopher Dodge, Associate Director and report author. "Many AI solutions require too much upfront action from the user; manually inputting data or linking profiles from different apps to ensure inclusion in one service is time-consuming and clumsy." Correctly identifying an individual within one ecosystem also impacts basic tasks, especially if the solution cannot identify the individual requesting the action. For example, one user selecting music which is then played on another family member's phone is extremely frustrating for both the user and the recipient. Added Chris Schreiner, Director of Syndicated Research, UXIP, "Effective learning in AI requires greater access to a user's personal information as well as improved user profiling of shared AI resources. The ability to learn by error will also make a significant difference to the user experience of these devices. Without these elements, AI will be considered less than 'intelligent'." Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides the competitive edge with advisory services, consulting and actionable market intelligence for emerging technology, mobile and wireless, digital consumer and automotive electronics companies. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Strategy Analytics delivers insights for enterprise success. www.StrategyAnalytics.com. Analyzing UX innovation opportunities in wireless, smart home, and other emerging technologies, UXS forms part of the User Experience Innovation Practice (UXIP) at Strategy Analytics. Focusing on user behaviors, motivations and interests across multiple consumer verticals, UXIP helps clients meet consumer needs, develop usable solutions and deliver compelling user experiences through both syndicated and proprietary research capabilities. With our extensive expertise in large-scale survey work, in-depth interviews, focus groups and observational sessions, UXIP's research methodologies allow strategic user-centric analysis on the potential for new technologies. Providing actionable insight, go-to-market strategies and business recommendations, UXIP is a leading supplier of consumer knowledge to the technology industry. Click here for more information. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/effective-learning-critical-to-compelling-experience-of-artificial-intelligence-says-strategy-analytics-300463086.html


News Article | May 23, 2017
Site: www.cnet.com

The Hilton Union Square Hotel in San Francisco was busier than normal as people hustled to grab boxed sandwich lunches. The food was provided by Samsung, which played host to a developer conference last week to promote its homegrown Tizen operating system. With a turkey sandwich in hand, I struck up a conversation with a photographer who has never made a Tizen app. "I was hoping to learn how to use the Gear 360 in photography," said Rosswell Liongson, who found out about the event at the Samsung section of a Bay Area Best Buy store. Unfortunately for Liongson, the 360 camera wasn't a topic at the Tizen conference, held the same time as Google's popular I/O developer conference. It only works with Samsung's high-end Android phones and, soon, Apple's iPhones (but, notably, not Tizen). The second person I met was an IT worker who dabbled in app development on the side. He tried making a Tizen smartwatch app once but said he probably won't work with the software again. Then there was the conference sponsor whose technology acts as a smart home remote via iPhones or Android devices -- but not Tizen. Another IT worker said he had no plans to make Tizen apps but wanted to learn more about what Samsung's up to. The interactions I had underscored the perennial problem Samsung faces as it pushes its own software. It's hard to get people excited about yet another operating system, particularly when it comes to mobile. After fits and starts, Tizen has finally found a niche in powering Samsung's internet-connected home appliances and TVs, as well as its Gear smartwatches. But for the lifeblood of any platform -- developers -- Tizen is largely still a non-entity. That's a particular problem when it comes to mobile. "There's no need for another mobile operating system and basically no chance of success for another mobile operating system," Global Data analyst Avi Greengart said. "If I've got an OS, I'm going to find other markets for it." But, this is Samsung we're talking about. If anyone can make it work, it's the world's largest phone maker, right? The company declined to make any executives available for interview at the developer conference. It said more than 1,000 people -- developers, service and content partners -- attended the event, and "the majority" were developers. Android, iOS and Windows may be household names, but you'd be forgiven if you've never even heard of Tizen. This year's Tizen Developer Conference marked the fifth annual gathering (yep, there's already been five). Walking around the Hilton ballrooms, it was clear many of the attendees were Samsung employees. It wasn't always that way. The first such gathering, in 2012 in San Francisco, marked the introduction of Tizen 1.0 as an open-source project. The real launch came in February 2013 when a group of heavy-hitting companies, led by Samsung, held a splashy party at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow in Barcelona. Attendees snacked on freshly shucked oysters and made-to-order crepes as they learned how Samsung and its lead development partner, Intel, planned to upend the mobile market. On display were several prototype phones running Tizen. At that time, Apple's iOS and Google's Android dominated the phone world, but it wasn't too farfetched to think there could be a strong third player. Microsoft tried. So did BlackBerry and Mozilla. All failed. "The phone is highly dependent on apps," Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi said. "Look at how well Microsoft [and others] learned that lesson." But Tizen had other big wireless providers on board, like Sprint, Vodafone, Japan's NTT Docomo and France's Orange. Kiyohito Nagata, managing director of strategic marketing for NTT DoCoMo and then-chairman of the Tizen Association, hailed the launch event as "the basement of the future success of the Tizen OS and ecosystem." Eventually, the carriers all ditched their plans for Tizen phones. Rather than pushing out a flashy, high-end phone, Samsung instead targeted emerging markets with a cheap device. Its first Tizen phone, the Samsung Z, was slated for release in late 2014 in Russia; instead, the company delayed it indefinitely. The company eventually introduced the Samsung Z1 in India in 2015 for less than $100. It expanded to other Southwest Asian countries that year and moved into Africa and Southeast Asia -- South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and Indonesia -- in 2016. This year, it will launch Tizen phones across the entire continent of Africa as well as Middle Eastern and Latin American countries such as Iran, Egypt, Pakistan, Bolivia and Peru. Last week, Samsung introduced the Z4, its latest budget Tizen phone. It also boasted at the developer confab that Tizen phone sales jumped 30 percent globally from 2015 to 2016 and will more than double in 2017. "We're expecting continuous but even faster growth in the future," Hokyu Choi, director and head of the Tizen mobile business at Samsung, said during a keynote at the Tizen Developer Conference. He added that, eventually, Samsung's Tizen phones "will be available to all countries in the world." Still, it will be tough going. Even though Samsung has talked up the success of Tizen, CounterPoint Research analyst Neil Shah estimated Samsung sold 1 million Tizen phones in India, the software's first and biggest market. That's a big number until you consider it's less than 3 percent of the total number of smartphones the company sold in that country, and less than 1 percent of the total smartphones in India shipped by all handset makers, he said. Overall, Samsung last year shipped 309.4 million smartphones globally, according to Strategy Analytics. It remained the world's biggest phone maker -- with 21 percent of the market -- despite the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco hurting its sales. In 2013, JK Shin, the head of Samsung's mobile business at the time, said the company wanted Tizen to be on everything. Samsung's nearly reached that goal, with its TVs, appliances and wearables using the software. Despite Samsung's ambitions for Tizen smartphones, it's all the other connected devices where it has a better chance, analysts say. Take smartwatches. Samsung's first device, the Galaxy Gear from late 2013, initially ran Android, but Samsung updated the software to Tizen in May 2014. Ever since then, virtually all of Samsung's smartwatches run Tizen. In the first quarter of 2017, Tizen leapfrogged Google's Android Wear software to become the second biggest operating system for smartwatches with 19 percent market share, according to Strategy Analytics. Apple, with its watchOS, had 57 percent of the market. "It makes sense for Samsung to say, 'Use Android where it does best,' but Tizen has a really useful role to play in wearables and other places where Android has fallen short," Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson said. In 2015, Tizen made its way to Samsung's smart TV lineup. It's also now in smart home appliances, like the Family Hub Refrigerator. It's those products where Samsung has an edge -- it's the world's biggest TV maker and the largest home appliance vendor in the US. Google and Apple don't have the same presence in larger electronics. Google didn't have a comment for this report. The day after my turkey sandwich lunch, I was back in the Hilton ballroom to meet with Glympse CEO Bryan Trussel. The location-sharing app is one developer that's supported Tizen nearly from the beginning. It has built apps for Samsung's smartwatches and at CES in January unveiled an app for Samsung's Family Hub 2.0 refrigerator. During the developer conference last week, Glympse said it had developed an app for Samsung's smart TVs that let you see the location of family members -- or even your cable provider -- right on the television's display. Trussel walked me over to Samsung's flashy -- and pricey -- refrigerator to show me how I could track my Pizza Hut delivery on the appliance's screen or see when my loved ones would get home. Then he showed me the same features on a large Samsung smart TV. "The goal is anywhere, any device, any time," Trussel said of the Glympse app. Next up for Glympse and its Samsung partnership could be an actual Tizen phone app. The two companies are in talks about that now, Trussel said, and it's likely Glympse will have an app for Samsung's Tizen phones later this year. "Looking back, [betting on Tizen] was a risk that we're glad we took," he said. Now Samsung just needs to hope Glympse is not alone. Virtual reality 101: CNET tells you everything you need to know about VR. 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