Samsung reportedly dumping its first Tizen OS smartphone

Samsung's Tizen project has been plagued by delays, not least in the launch of its first handset with the OS to be launched commercially, the Samsung Z, which it announced back in June. That device was originally expected in mid-2013, before being pushed back to the end of the year, and was again delayed in January 2014, before finally making its début a couple of months ago. 

The Samsung Z was supposed to be going on sale round about now, but the company recently decided to indefinitely delay the launch of the device in its first market, Russia. This has led to considerable speculation about the viability of the platform, given its ongoing woes. 

Now, TizenExperts reveals that Samsung is reportedly planning to kill the Z's launch completely. The Samsung Z features higher-end specs, including a quad-core 2.3GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and 4G LTE support, although its 4.8-inch display is only HD (1280x720px) resolution and the camera is just 8MP. 

Samsung is said to be repositioning Tizen, moving away from more premium devices to focus on lower-cost handsets. One major reason for this is believed to be the threat posed by Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi, particularly with regards to the most affordable entry-level smartphones. Tizen is optimised for low-memory (sub-256MB of RAM) devices as well, so this would seem to make sense. 

But if Samsung is pivoting its Tizen OS to concentrate on the cheapest phones, it will still face the same problems with regards to attracting developers and building a viable software ecosystem. The company actually acknowledged that its difficulties in expanding Tizen as a platform for developers were a major factor in its decision to scrap the launch of the Samsung Z last month.

Source: TizenExperts via PocketNow | image via Samsung

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just like sailfish os, i doubt tizen will ever gain popularity (which is a shame)

with window phone struggling, and blackberry barely existing, i doubt that there is a good chance for any new os to grow, unless it is able to differentiate on features a lot. like the first version of iOS. it was totally different and came on a new amazing (at the time) device

without such a start, it will be super hard to bring new OS into play, no matter how much companies might try.

Naw, I mean...according to several here, Tizen is going to be the end of Android.....

Just goes to show that it is hard to break out in to a market that is saturated and dominated by a few.

techbeck said,
Naw, I mean...according to several here, Tizen is going to be the end of Android.....

Just goes to show that it is hard to break out in to a market that is saturated and dominated by a few.


pretty much impossible without an new amazing device to run it, that everyone wants.


i am sure we will see new entries in a few years. however, personally, i cannot see yet, what they can bring to the table just yet

Yes finally! In this crowded market, please don't make another platform. Just use Android samsung, focus on that! Make your Touchwiz better, and make it Samsung's android!

I wonder why Samsung didnt come to this conclusion any sooner. I understand the attraction in breaking free from Google but the market has been saturated for years. There is only growth in developing countries but those are still decades away from breaking through. Samsung should be happy they 'won' Android. They could use this to start working closer with Google and strengthening their lead.

Worldwide the market hasn't seen any significant shifts. Consumers and retailers have embraced iPhone and Android as their default offering and OEMs have made Android their go-to software. I doubt we'll see any significant changes unless someone comes up with another revolution and everyone has to react to that. In such a case Samsung might have a chance with Tizen if they react faster than Google. But that seems unlikely since Samsung isnt 'all-in' with Tizen. You either go all in or you go home.

I'm not surprised. I never really saw Tizen as anything but an attempt to flip google the bird over the increasingly tight control of the google experience apps. If Samsung wanted to load Android without the Google apps and do whatever the hell they want with it there's nothing stopping them, but there's a reason most consumers want the GE apps... because the alternatives with the possible exception of Amazon are crap. So instead of that option they chose to develop a separate OS? well duh... It's still not going to change the fact that most of the "Samsung experience" services are complete crap.

Well said.

Samsung got too cocky... they thought they can change even the OS and people won't complain... after all they're buying a "Samsung". Yeah, right...... guess they were wrong.... :-P

Now are in the danger of losing marketshare to young companies like Xiaomi, OnePlus, Oppo that bring high-end, quality phones for sub-$400.

It will be increasingly difficult for Samsung (and others too, minus Apple) to sell their "premium", overpriced ($1000) crap.

And thank God for that.

I do love Android phones, I own a Nexus 5, but Samsung's software really butchers Android so badly. The Nexus 5 is half the price of the Galaxy S5 yet it's more responsive because of the closer to stock software. That just doesn't reflect well on Samsung.

amnesiality said,
Chinese OEMs are going to kill Samsung. That day can't come soon enough.

Why "can't it come soon enough"? You actually prefer a chinese junkphone over korean technical excellence? Talk about biting off nose to spite face.

Brado said,

You actually prefer a chinese junkphone over korean technical excellence?

You might be talking about LG, if so, I agree.

If you were by any chance describing Samsung as technical excellence, let me tell you, many would take HTC or even Xiaomi before one of Samsung's pieces of cheap plastic.

Brado said,

Why "can't it come soon enough"? You actually prefer a chinese junkphone over korean technical excellence? Talk about biting off nose to spite face.

China actually has some pretty good smartphones OEMs nowadays. Xiaomi has been recently declared the world's 5th largest phone manufacture. Not to mention Oppo, HTC, and OnePlus.

This reminds me of when let's say a guitarist for one of the most successful and beloved bands in the world gets too big an ego and decides to try going solo to "take things in a new direction". Lo and behold nobody cares and he comes crawling back.

Samsung helped make Android great, and Android helped make Samsung one of the best smartphone manufacturers. Everywhere you look - teenagers, soccer moms, everyone's holding a Galaxy.

Don't try breaking up the Beatles, Samsung. It just won't work.

johnmicheal80911 said,
Samsung smart phones are just awesome.

I somewhat agree. I'm in a new phone nearly ever 6 months, so am lucky to have the opportunity to try a lot of high end devices.

I think they dropped the ball with the S3 and S4 in the design department, while they were both awesome phones. I just really hated looking at them.

The S5 (my current device) is a lot better, but still lacks what I would saybia a quality look and feel. HTC, Nokia and Sony nails it. But something draws me back to Samsung every time.

Nashy said,

So?


Battery life? Performance? Updates? Responsiveness? Efficiency? Memory? Total cost of ownership? None of these appear to matter to you, yet you'll still pay a premium for a device that by your own words, "lacks a quality look and feel"? Wow.

CaRDiaK said,

Battery life? Performance? Updates? Responsiveness? Efficiency? Memory? Total cost of ownership? None of these appear to matter to you, yet you'll still pay a premium for a device that by your own words, "lacks a quality look and feel"? Wow.

I get a full day out of my battery.
My performance is fine.
Updates suck, but I can fix that myself.
Responsiveness? See performance.
I don't know how an Android device is not efficient, but I'll let you explain.
'Memory' doesn't really give me anything to comment on. My phone has enough?
Cost? Windows phone is cheaper. Other than that, I'm still paying less, or near to other high end devices.

I don't see it as a premium price. I see it as a reasonable price to pay to have a device in my pocket that is as powerful as a family computer.

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