Huawei is the latest device vendor to endorse the Tizen alternative OS and ecosystem.

Tizen is an open source, cross-architecture, standards-based device software platform featuring a standards-based HTML5 and W3C standards enabling device-independent applications to be produced efficiently for cross-platform deployment. This approach leverages the robustness and flexibility of HTML5 which is rapidly emerging as a preferred application environment for mobile applications.

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Officers of Tizen Association:

The addition of Huawei is a significant step forward adding one of the fastest growing handset vendors in the world and reinforcing the potential for an alternative to Android to develop in both mature and emerging markets for smart devices.

The decision by Huawei to support Tizen follows hot on the heels of several other announcements all of which put pressure primarily on the Android OS and clearly demonstrate that most major vendors and indeed operators continue to hedge their bets as uncertainty and concerns over Google?s dominance continue.

? Samsung announcing a major increase in investment for its Bada platform.

? Telefonica the world's fourth largest operator with almost 239 million mobile subscribers globally announced its intent to launch Open Web Devices based on Mozilla's Boot2Gecko (b2g) HTML5 based platform

? Intel gained further traction beyond Motorola and Lenovo with Orange and ZTE unveiling handsets equipped with the firm's Atom Z2460 chip. Additionally, Indian OEM Lava International is to launch a Medfield device in Q2, 2012.

? At MWC, several emerging market operators, led by keynoter Sunil Mittal of Bharti Airtel, cited a lack of affordable smartphones as the key obstacle to growing data services and ? not coincidentally ? ARPU.

? Nokia Becomes World's Largest Microsoft Smartphone Vendor in Q4 2011 and Nokia has exceeded expectations with the launch of a solid portfolio of Windows Phone devices in US and Europe.

All of these factors signal that the industry is not ready to settle for a two-horse race in smartphone OS and highlights the lingering concerns over Google?s ownership of Motorola (despite the reported firewall aka cone of silence) between Moto and corporate.

Can Tizen emerge as a third strong OS alternative? Possible but it?s still too early to tell. Merging Tizen with Bada and concentrating resources rather than offering fragmented competition to Android makes sense to me. The ability to differentiate from the core Android OS is at the core of this issue and will not go away any time soon.