The Consumer Electronics Show for 2015 has come and gone, and something noticeably absent in both the show and from the lips of Samsung reps was the 2015 version of the Samsung Evolution Kit. There are still a few rumors circulating though, and now with the new press coverage of over-zealous legal print, there may be an increased emphasis on ensuring that consumer data is secure if it is sent to third parties.
What we do know is that Samsung is now placing their in-house operating system, Tizen, onto their next generation of Smart TVs. We also know that the Evolution Kit is essentially a computer in itself, with RAM, a processor, and GPU capabilities. It is not too far outside the realm of possibility to think that Tizen could come in the next iteration of the Evolution Kit but its compatibility with the oldest Evolution Kit-ready Smart TVs may be in limbo.
Samsung has stated that older Smart TVs can’t receive a Tizen software update, but left open the idea of a hardware update which would be in the form of a 2015 Evolution Kit of some sort. With larger consumer electronics and even automobiles, complete system overhauls of older devices via software is not nearly as common as the hyper competitive smartphone market, especially for free like Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating system updates, which sometimes significantly overhauls the user experience via software, has conditioned us for.
We may get word of new Evolution Kits within the next few weeks or even months, and they typically release towards the end of Spring if the last two years are any indication. We’ll have more information as we can confirm or receive it.