Samsung indefinitely shelves Tizen launch

Dylan Bushell-Embling
telecomasia.net

Samsung has postponed plans to launch a smartphone based on the Tizen operating system, indicating that the ecosystem is not yet ready to compete with Android.

The company has called off its previous plans to launch a Tizen phone in India and Russia this quarter, to give it more time to recruit more app developers for the platform, Associated Press reported.

Samsung has not yet announced a new release date for the planned Samsung Z smartphone.

This delay does seem to be all about the supporting ecosystem. The hardware is likely ready – Samsung recently showed off a prototype Tizen handset.

But to fulfil Samsung's goals of reducing its reliance on Android, Tizen will need to offer enough value to serve as an alternative to Google's operating system.

This marks the latest in a line of setbacks for Tizen. Japan's NTT DoCoMo has planned to start selling a Tizen smartphone in March, but also called off its launch plans.

Samsung and Intel have been leading the open-source Tizen project since 2011.

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