A couple of new mobile platforms have surfaced this year, vying for a spot in the growing mobile global market. On Tuesday, Mozilla launched its first Firefox OS smartphone, and Samsung was expected to offer its first Tizen OS handsets sometime this summer. Unfortunately it appears the mobile giant has hit a snag in operations and users will have to wait a bit longer before Tizen OS makes its way to market.
Samsung now expects the first Tizen OS smartphone to go on sale sometime in the fourth quarter of this year, according to people familiar with Samsung’s business strategy. The delay is reportedly due to issues with the platforms app store.
The group behind the mobile platform has been aggressively seeking support for the new OS, while hosting numerous hackathons and other events in recent months. However, Tizen will face the same issues as many other platforms (e.g. BlackBerry and Windows Phone) in today’s market, what with the need to catch up with the insurmountable content offerings of Apple and Android. Despite the delay, Korean news outlet i24news has reported that the device could make a formal appearance as early as September at the IFA tradeshow.
If the Tizen OS venture proves successful for Samsung it would not only provide the company greater control of its platform, but a means to wean itself off is dependence on Android. Currently Samsung’s most popular handsets reside on Google’s mobile platform, such as the Galaxy S III, Galaxy S IV, and Galaxy Note.
Samsung and Intel have been instrumental in the development of the Tizen OS, but the platform is still open by nature. The operating system was originally expected to launch with Japan’s NTT Docomo along with France’s Orange. Currently no U.S. carriers have committed to the operating system, but Sprint has been involved in the development of the OS. According to CNET sources, Softbank and Sprint could both potentially carry Tizen devices in the future.
The Tizen platform is expected to be on high-end devices when it launches. Many operating systems have struggled to gain a stable foothold in the industry, but with the mobile giant Samsung backing the platform, Tizen could have a real fighting chance to make a sizable dent.