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Technology tie-up says plans to launch smartphone OS to rival iOS, Android

TOKYO--A new smartphone operating system developed by a global collaboration of tech firms to rival Google's Android and Apple's iOS is expected to launch in the next few months, Japanese mobile phone operator NTT Docomo said Wednesday.

The open source offering called Tizen, based on the Linux operating system, could be installed on telephones sold from the end of March, NTT Docomo spokesman Jun Otori told AFP.

“Our president has said we hope to release the Tizen smartphone during this fiscal year to March,” he said.

“But preparation work is slightly delayed and as of today we cannot say for sure that will definitely happen.”

Tizen is the product of a tie-up among companies from Japan, China, South Korea, Europe and the United States and comes despite tensions among the Asian neighbors over territorial disputes.

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