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Samsung once again gets cold feet when launching a Tizen smartphone

General consumers haven’t had much experience with Samsung’s Tizen mobile operating system. Tizen is currently shipping on Samsung’s Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches (the company also offered a Tizen OS upgrade for the original Galaxy Gear). However, most are awaiting the release of Tizen on the high-profile smartphone stage.
That moment was supposed to happen yesterday at a launch event held in Moscow for Tizen developers. However, Samsung backed out of its plans for launching the Samsung Z in Russia. Instead, Samsung issued a statement, which read in part, “the smartphone will appear on the Russian market later, when we can offer our users a fullest portfolio of applications.”
For developers that are actually trying to embrace the Tizen platform, this was definitely a setback, and likely not very encouraging. After all, this is the second time that Samsung has botched the launch of a Tizen-backed smartphone. Earlier this year, Samsung cancelled plans to launch a Tizen smartphone in Japan just days before it was supposed to go on sale.
But while the Samsung Z didn’t launch at the Moscow event, Samsung execs were on hand to extol the virtues of using Tizen. However, even company execs weren’t exactly brimming with optimism, with Samsung’s Dmitry Anosov stating, “The most obvious advantage [of developing for the Tizen phone] is that you’ll be at the top in a half empty store on a decent premium device.”

Samsung Z
That “decent premium device” is powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core Intel processor (paired with 2GB of RAM) and includes a 4.8” 720p display. Other features include 16GB of storage space, a microSD slot for storage expansion, an 8MP rear camera, front-facing 2MP camera, and a fingerprint sensor.
When Samsung first announced the smartphone in early June, marketing chief DJ Lee said that the Samsung Z would allow the company to “[Enhance] the mobile experience of consumers with innovation that is both personal and unique to their needs.” However, it now looks as though consumers will have to wait for an undetermined length of time to get their hands on Tizen.
With no concrete date set for the Samsung Z’s launch, developers are still trying to stay optimistic. “Think of the potential Samsung can give you in a new store and the profit you could be making, while in the iOS and Android stores, your app would be drowning,” said Denis Khitrov, who is the COO for MedM. “If this train starts moving, there may be no stopping it.”
Well, it’s time for Samsung to release the parking brake.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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RE: Gotta Laugh
By Reclaimer77 on 7/11/2014 11:52:58 AM , Rating: -1
Anti MS "pundits"? You just websearched guys and sites nobody's ever heard of to make your point. And even then, the farthest either of these have gone is to say what "could" happen. Well no crap, the sun "could" explode tomorrow, that's hardly an insightful analysis.

I don't think there's any significant number of people who believe ChromeOS was/is a Windows killer.

RE: Gotta Laugh
By atechfan on 7/11/2014 1:25:01 PM , Rating: 2
You think Motley Fool is someone nobody has heard of? Besides, I had lots of other examples, but DT flagged my post as Spam and I had to delete some links. If I had included discussions from Linux forums and from sites like Semiaccruate, you would have seen many, many people claiming that OEMs were bailing on Microsoft. Do you have any evidence to back up your claim that people think Tizen means Samsung is abandoning Google. Other than some posters on here, that is?

Personally, I think Tizen is just Samsung's "plan B" in case they think Google is getting too restrictive with Android, kind of like WinRT was MS having a back-up plan in case x86 never got power efficient.

RE: Gotta Laugh
By Reclaimer77 on 7/11/2014 2:15:02 PM , Rating: 2
Other than some posters on here, that is?

Except that's who I was, obviously, addressing with my OP. People HERE who said that.

RE: Gotta Laugh
By atechfan on 7/11/2014 2:18:19 PM , Rating: 4
Well, Tony sees everything as a sign Android is failing.

RE: Gotta Laugh
By Mitch101 on 7/11/2014 3:25:20 PM , Rating: 2
Good points.

Intel will have 14nm parts late this year maybe early next year so x86 gets real for low powered parts soon. I'm looking forward to ultra books being real cheap.

VIA yes VIA is also coming with a very low powered x86 part that has some real neat benchmark numbers if true.

If Tizen does well you can bet that Samsung is going to run with it and not abandon it like HP. There is good money in owning an app store hence why Microsoft has an Android flavor of its own its testing the market with.

Samsung wouldn't bother with Tizen if they didn't see profit potential in it. Why waste the money? Samsung isn't stupid like HP. Lets liquidate tablet inventory which created a whole WebOS eco system giving them a market share. They should have run with because it wasn't a bad OS especially fast when you turned off all the logging. Instead major loss on hardware but could have capitalized on it with continuing support and licensing the OS.

Samsung is taking the same approach as Apple TV they say its a hobby but if it really took off they would be telling you that was their actual intention all along.

Google/Android should be a bit threatened that Samsung is willing to take a shot. Obviously they wont Surpass Android on day 1 but over time if it picks up who knows and

I bet Tizen will do well in Asian countries.

RE: Gotta Laugh
By Reclaimer77 on 7/11/14, Rating: 0
RE: Gotta Laugh
By melgross on 7/11/2014 11:07:47 PM , Rating: 2
Hp liquidated because they only managed to sell 5% of those tablets. The only reason they sold out later is because they dropped the price to $99, well below the manufacturing cost.

Samsung is trying to push Tizen because they want to have their own OS, and not be beholden to Google. They seem to be nervous about doing it though. If it fails to sell early on, it may never recover.

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