Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:0059935) recently confirmed the cancellation of the upcoming Tizen smartphone which was supposed to launch in Russia the third quarter. The South Korean tech giant hoped Tizen would offer the company a chance to go beyond Google’s Android operating system. For years, Samsung Group has relied on the popular mobile operating system with much success. But Samsung hopes the company could stand on its own with Tizen operating system.
Samsung Group’s big decision to delay Tizen
Samsung Group also mentioned in the announcement it would need more time to enhance the Tizen ecosystem. Unfortunately, the tech giant declined to mention how long this delay would last or what the company had in mind in regards of changes. However, the mention of the Tizen ecosystem might indicate the number of apps or services it needs to make it marketable. These concerns were likely part of the reason network operators Orange SA (ADR) (NYSE:ORAN) (EPA:ORA) and NTT Docomo Inc (ADR) (NYSE:DCM) (TYO:9437) pulled out of promotional campaigns.
Although the Galaxy maker has yet to release Tizen smartphones, it has already launched Tizen-based products including a camera and a smartwatch in the past couple of months. According to Samsung, Tizen will also be used in big appliances like refrigerators.
Samsung Group – The possible future of Tizen
Tizen software is based on Linux kernel and GPU C Library. Samsung’s first Tizen product was the NX300M smart camera It was launched in October 2013, roughly about a month before the mobile operating system was unveiled.
In other Samsung related news, another report recently surfaced that the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 will be unveiled at the IFA in early September. The smartphone is expected to feature a 5.7 inch body, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor. The phone may also come in two versions including a plastic version and a premium metal version. In early July, Samsung teased with promotional materials which suggested Note 4 may feature a more secure user experience.