Samsung Tizen Smartphones this Year; Android Market Might Pose a Hassle

April 17, 2014, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

We have been hearing lots on the Tizen debut for long. As had been hinted at earlier, the first two Tizen smartphones from Samsung would roll out sometime this year.

From what we get to hear at the moment, Sammy’s Tizen ventures will start to ship without much delay.

Going by the manner in which Samsung has integrated Tizen in its Samsung Gear 2 range of smart watches, the smartphones that run Tizen is not too far away, of course.


The only aspect that keeps us wondering is that the Tizen development by the Linux loving Samsung has been in the works over the past few years, but they seldom came through as fast as we expected.

It looks like the wait is getting to an end with this new revelation. So, most probably by the end of the second quarter of 2014, the Samsung Tizen powered smartphones will be a reality. And, the devices are going to rule the high end market too.

It is also likely that the company would simultaneously or may be a bit later launch a mid0range model too for those who have been waiting to play with one such rig.

If what Samsung vice president Yoon Han-kil revealed in an interview with news agency Reuters , the time is not far off, folks. So stay tuned.


How is Tizen going to help Samsung in the long run is one question that keeps popping up. It is common knowledge that Samsung’s phones swear by Android and the company too has been piling up apps.

However, Android phone and slate users resort to digging the Google PlayStore for apps. With Tizen making its debut, Samsung might get an opportunity have a little more leg up on the revenue side. This could be because a Tizen powered smart phone or tablet that runs Samsung apps and content stores would help the phone maker to pocket a bit more revenues on that terrain that leaving much of it to Google.

It needs to be seen how Samsung would convince the carrier networks to go for the Tizen platform when it finally arrives. It is going to be a daunting task as carriers have been in love with the Android ecosystem for quite a while now.

Maybe, Samsung could look at the markets where the Android and iOS devices haven’t made much a dent, with a carefully planned Tizen focus.

The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo wearables might prove to be a pilot project in this regard.  We would need to see how far Samsung gains on that count.

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