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More problems for Tizen Smartphone OS

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Samsung is reportedly struggling to secure mobile network operator support for smartphones based on the Tizen OS that it is one of the lead developers for.

Although the company has devoted a considerable amount of effort into the OS which is being pitched occasionally as an Android challenger, the company has had difficulties in persuading mobile networks to support the platform.

Much of the problems could stem from repeated delays in launching Tizen based handsets -- which had been expected on the market last year.

More recently, Japan's NTT DoCoMo said that it would no longer commit to carrying the smartphones, citing a lack of demand from consumers for an alternative to the big two of Android and Apple.

Elsewhere, previously warm supporters included Sprint, Telefonica and Orange, all of whom have since cooled on the project.

A difficulty is that while mobile networks would generally support a bit more competition in the smartphone OS market, as Samsung is already dominant in the Android market, having it dominant in the Tizen market as well would not really increase competition.

Most mobile networks are hoping for a resurgent BlackBerry or Windows Phone OS to inject competition into the handset and OS market.

Samsung is also reported, by the Wall Street Journal to be struggling with persuading app developers to port their applications over to Tizen, even if it covers the costs involved.

Samsung was reportedly hoping that by promoting its own OS, it would be able to tap into the lucrative revenue stream from mobile apps in a market where the software could be the long term revenue driver for handset manufacturers.

That hope is looking increasingly distant.

On the web: Wall Street Journal

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