Samsung Delays Tizen Smartphone Launch -- Again
Published on: 18th Jul 2014
The troubled launch of the Tizen smartphone OS suffered another set back after Samsung suddenly cancelled the launch of its first Tizen smartphone at a Russia trade show.
Samsung had been due to show off the Samsung Z smartphone at a Moscow conference, but cancelled at the last minute, stating that "the smartphone will appear on the Russian market later, when we can offer our users a fullest portfolio of applications."
The company has not indicated when the smartphone will eventually go on sale.
Other than the new OS, the Samsung Z is due to come with a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display and a 2.3 GHz Quad-core processor. Samsung has previously said that the Tizen-based smartphone offers a faster startup time and immediate multi-tasking capabilities.
To encourage developers to port applications to the Tizen OS, Samsung said that it will provide a special promotional program to all developers for one year. However, the company's decision to cancel the launch due to a lack of applications suggests that developers will need more carrots to encourage them to migrate their apps to the lacklustre OS.
Tizen based smartphones had been expected last year, but has been plagued with repeated delays.
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.