It has been more than a couple of years since we first heard about Tizen operating system but no device running Tizen has yet been launched in the market. There have been several rumours and reports in the past 6 months that Samsung might shelve or delay the release of Tizen based devices. But there hasn’t been any confirmation on these reports. This time though, there have been a hint from Samsung itself. And the report is bad this time. Samsung has delayed their first commercial Tizen-based smartphone yet again. A statement from an official at the Samsung Electronics’ Media Solution Center (MSC) in South Korea has hinted that the deeply anticipated smartphone OS will have to wait just a little longer before it hits the shelves.
According to the official, Samsung had planned to launch the Linux-based OS in the first half of this year in markets such as Korea and Russia. Now that the launch has been delayed further, Tizen’s expected launch has been pushed back to the second half of this year. Rumours suggested that Samsung planned to launch a Tizen based smartphone at Mobile World Congress in February this year. A month ago, NTT DoCoMo announced that the current market isn’t feasible enough to support a new smartphone OS entrant such as Tizen. Maybe Samsung took the hint and decided to wait and watch.
On the other hand, a good news is that the latest Tizen 3.0 supports 64-bit processors and LTE-A connectivity. Perhaps Samsung is really eager to perfect the operating system before its launch. So, we can at least hope that it will match up with all the other smartphone operating systems when it finally launches.