Samsung has been talking about releasing Tizen phones for quite long time without actually any launch. Many folks started to wonder if it’s ever going to happen. If you were one of those individuals who started to doubt the whole Tizen phones initiative, put your mind at ease. The project is very much alive and a new launch date has just popped up. In an interview with Reuters, senior vice president of Samsung’s product strategy team, Yoon Han-kil, revealed that a Tizen phone could be released some time near the end of the second quarter.
Tizen Phones will available in a few countries…
The timeframe Yoon Han-kil gave is vague, to say the least. Moreover, the fact that the new date comes from a seemingly reliable source doesn’t make the news any more solid. Back in 2011 Samsung promised that a Tizen phone would be ready in the first quarter of 2012. Then the launch date was moved to the third quarter of 2013, which had come and gone and in the meantime Samsung engineer, Yi Woo Bok asked potential customers to wait four months more. That didn’t pan out either mainly because Tizen’s carrier partners backed out. It’s already April 2014 and we are still waiting while the Tizen phone appears to be all talk with no action.
A spokesman for the company was even less specific putting the release of a Tizen phone some time this year. Apparently, the exact date will depend on a number of factors such as market conditions. It seems that Tizen won’t see a global release, at least at first, but instead will available in “a few countries where we can do well,” as Yoon Han-kil put it.
Tizen is a Linux-based operating system developed by Samsung in cooperation with Intel and other parties. Not much is known about the smartphone itself. The whole project is kept under tight wraps and for a very good reason. The OS is very likely to challenge iOS and, more importantly, Android’s position on the market. If it happens, the very fruitful relationship between Samsung and Google may suffer a big blow. Some kind of confrontation is inevitable, however, we won’t know the extend of it until the Tizen phone is released, if it ever happens in our lifetime.