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Japan's NTT DoCoMo Drops Interest in Supporting a Third Smartphone OS

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Japan's NTT DoCoMo, which has been one of the mobile networks promoting the Tizen OS as a possible Android challenger is now reported to have dropped interest in the platform.

The mobile network had been expected to go ahead with an already delayed launch of the Tizen OS on a Samsung phone around this coming March, but is no longer pushing ahead with those plans.

"The market is not big enough to support three operating systems at this time," a DoCoMo spokesman told the Wall Street Journal.

The impact on Samsung's own plans to push the Tizen OS as a possible balance against Google dominated Android is unclear at the moment, although the company says it is still committed to the platform.

Tizen is being developed by a consortium of companies including NTT DoCoMo,  Intel and Samsung. The OS is based on Linux and formed by the merger of the Linux and Limo Foundations.

On the web: Wall Street Journal

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