No Galaxy S5 launch at Feb 23 event - it's for Samsung's Tizen OS instead

Earlier this week, we reported that Samsung's new Galaxy S5 was expected to launch on February 23, at an event in Barcelona ahead of the annual Mobile World Congress in the Spanish city. The source of that information was Eldar Murtazin, whose history of predictions is somewhat patchy - but given that he accurately predicted the launch date of the Galaxy S4 last year, we thought we would give him the benefit of the doubt. 

Alas, it seems that Murtazin was wrong. ZDNet Korea has revealed that the event in question isn't for the Galaxy S5 at all - it's actually for Samsung's Tizen OS, and invitations to the event have already gone out. 

TheDroidGuy reports that the invitations reveal that attendees "will get an exclusive sneak preview of the newest Tizen devices as well as an opportunity to learn about the major milestones that the Tizen project has hit". Samsung's mobile OS suffered a setback last week when Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo shelved its plans to add a Tizen handset to its range. 

Never one to admit that he is wrong, Murtazin took to Twitter to claim that Samsung had completely changed their launch plans for the Galaxy S5 after he leaked them: 

Call us sceptical, but that sounds unlikely to us. Almost as unlikely as Murtazin's prediction that Microsoft is abandoning its Modern UI and creating an all-new user interface for Windows Phone 9. 

Source: ZDNet Korea via TheDroidGuy | image via ultrainfoz.com

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Well considering Samsung are not the sole contributors to Tizen, I think it's a little premature to assume it's rubbish or to judge based on Samsung's previous efforts on their own. I'm willing to give it the benefit of the doubt at this stage personally.

I never praised Samsung so why should I? All I was saying is that if Samsung is crap and so is Windows Phone according to you, well so equally is iOS or any other OS depending on which OS supporter you ask.

PmRd said,
We get it Samsung, you like to write crap software.. now please stop

Tizen OS is backed by the Linux Foundation & will be in all sorts of devices, (not just phones,) from laptops to in-car displays. If it actually succeeds, I'd consider it something exciting.

MASTER260 said,

Tizen OS is backed by the Linux Foundation & will be in all sorts of devices, (not just phones,) from laptops to in-car displays. If it actually succeeds, I'd consider it something exciting.

Wow! just what we need! ANOTHER Linux based crap OS!

Since Samsung is what people buy, and Android is nothing more that a badly written set of drivers, Samsung actually has a shot at cutting off the google middle man. After all, google's mafia like open handset alliance punishes OEMs that dare challenge its agenda of closing all the meaningful parts if android, and using Moto to race to the bottom or sell at a loss to eat into Samsung....

this exists because google created an environment where OEMs are increasingly weary of bowing down to yet another monopolistic US bully corporation with their agenda not including OEMs as partners, but competitors.

and the more choice the better. We don't want another windows like dominant OS. Koreans can and should. Break free of the google stranglehold and control their destiny.

neonspark said,
Since Samsung is what people buy, and Android is nothing more that a badly written set of drivers, Samsung actually has a shot at cutting off the google middle man. After all, google's mafia like open handset alliance punishes OEMs that dare challenge its agenda of closing all the meaningful parts if android, and using Moto to race to the bottom or sell at a loss to eat into Samsung....

this exists because google created an environment where OEMs are increasingly weary of bowing down to yet another monopolistic US bully corporation with their agenda not including OEMs as partners, but competitors.

and the more choice the better. We don't want another windows like dominant OS. Koreans can and should. Break free of the google stranglehold and control their destiny.

For one, I honestly don't believe Android to be a 'badly written set of drivers' at all, its like a Linux system for the computer, can run on almost any hardware pretty well (obviously with correct kernels and such). Can iOS/MAC crap do that? No. Android runs on probably now a days 1000 different handsets (1000 is just a guess as there are so many 'low-budget' android phones out there that are not even announced, and adds to my first statement about it being quite flexible). If you have a good dev, you can have many 'distros' on your phone, something 100% impossible with icrap. Give me this 'badly written driver' OS any day, I have never ever had a problem with it since 2008 G1 days (every 1-2 years since I have purchased another Android phone with 0 problems, if you did, you probably downloaded a virus)

Second, the whole separating from Google would be a challenge. Google 'android walled garden', you will see Google is actually following a few ideas from Apple, in regard to some of their Apps. Here is a link I found that breaks it all down. http://www.wired.co.uk/news/ar...oogles-iron-grip-on-android

'We dont want another windows like dominant OS'...um you do know there is iOS as well right? That has plenty of people that use it. There is no draconian monopoly here. Good luck to Samsung if they try this (full-fledged, because they have already started with a few 'apps' of their own). It is possible, as the Amazon kindle fire is based on their own system with their own app store and all, but it takes a ton of effort and money, like Amazon has.

Edited by theslam08, Jan 26 2014, 12:21am :

The only way I would even remotely consider using this is if it were part of a dual boot option. Otherwise, why in the world would I want more of what I don't like about Samsung to begin with. "Sceptical"?k

Samsung makes crap software for Android. I cant imagine this being much better. Just Samsung using its dominance in hopes of making this succeed.

This is not just developed by samsung, there are others, I think intel is in it. I don't know what for though.

Meh, another operating system that will accomplish nothing. Good luck getting developers to move over. Its not about variety, its about major developers not re-coding their apps completely to reduce useless expenses. The amount of ports between android and iOS is not as extensive and they have years already, this will just be another flop unless samsung starts paying and collaborating with devs to to code for it.

Im interested in Tizen. its obvious Samsung wants to dump Android and hopes this OS takes off. I guess the question I and many others have is a marketplace, apps etc.

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