One of the weirder trends that I’ve noticed at CES 2015 so far is the resurrection of three thought-to-be-dead smartphone platforms that have been brought back to life as smart TV platforms. Panasonic announced that its own smart TVs will run Mozilla’s Firefox OS, LG said that its new TVs would run on Palm’s beloved-but-defunct webOS, and Samsung showed off its first TVs running on its own Tizen platform. More →
Samsung has hit another roadblock in its troubled journey to replace Android as the primary operating system for its mobile devices. The Wall Street Journal reports that Samsung is postponing the release of its first Tizen phone, the Samsung Z, which was originally set to go on sale in Russia in the third quarter of this year. The company didn’t give any specific reasoning for the delay, but did note that it still needs to “further enhance [the] Tizen ecosystem,” referencing the platform’s lack of software. More →
When the follow-up to the Galaxy Gear smartwatch is unveiled at Mobile World Congress next week, Samsung might surprise us all. USA Today reports that the Galaxy Gear 2 will ditch Android in favor of Samsung’s Tizen OS. Previous reports regarding Samsung’s operating system have indicated that the South Korean company has struggled to convince manufacturers to move away from Android, the worldwide leader in the mobile market. Shipping the Galaxy Gear 2 with Tizen would be a huge boost for the Samsung OS and its partners, while simultaneously giving consumers a chance to see the platform in action. More →
When Japanese wireless carrier NTT DoCoMo indefinitely delayed its plans to release a Tizen smartphone on the same day it was supposed to launch in January, our idealistic vision of a new Samsung, free from the Android OS began to fade away. If Tizen never takes off, we might look back at that moment as the crushing blow, but as The Wall Street Journal reports, there were plenty of complications before the NTT DoCoMo incident that threatened to curb the rise of Tizen before it could ever launch. More →
If you were looking to pick up a Tizen phone before they hit the market, you might have already missed your chance. G4Games came across an eBay listing for a “new Tizen Samsung SM-Z9005 smartphone for apps development,” complete with photos that match up very closely with the leaked press image from earlier in the week. The model number is also nearly identical to the model number of the render (SM-Z9000), although the SM-Z9005 could certainly be a different phone in the same line of Tizen devices. According to the listing, the handset will feature a 4.7-inch display and 16GB of internal storage. The listing was removed almost as quickly as it went up, but G4Games managed to snag the photos before they disappeared. Check out another photo of what could be Samsung’s Android-killer below. More →
It was beginning to look like Samsung’s answer to the Android operating system would never see the light of the day, but if this press photo is legitimate, we might finally have proof of a Tizen device that will actually be available to the public. Korean tech site Moveplayer managed to obtain the photo of the Samsung ZEQ 9000 (or ‘Zeke’ for short) that you see above, a Tizen smartphone that will reportedly feature a 4.8-inch 720p display and 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor. As PhoneArena notes, the status bar at the top of the screen matches up with the Tizen screenshots from late last year. If the ZEQ 9000 is real, we should get our first official look at it on February 23rd in Barcelona.
Pushing forward despite a few major setbacks, Samsung will preview its lineup of Tizen smartphones in Barcelona on February 23rd, the day before Mobile World Congress begins. ZDNet Korea has obtained a copy of the invitation, which promises attendees “an exclusive sneak preview of the newest Tizen devices” and information about how Tizen has evolved since last year. Although the operating system that threatens to rival Android might not arrive in 2014, Samsung is fully aware that the longer it delays showing off Tizen, the more potential converts it will lose. Tizen now lacks the support of NTT DoCoMo, Japan’s largest carrier, but SK Telecom, Korea Telecom, and LG U+ will all be in attendance at the event showing their support for the latest smartphone OS.
Bad news for Samsung’s somewhat anticipated Android rival: Japan’s biggest carrier reportedly wants nothing to do with it. Recent rumors suggested that NTT DoCoMo would finally launch a Samsung smartphone powered by the new Tizen platform this coming March. It turns out that those were indeed the plans, but The Wall Street Journal on Friday reported that the plans have been canceled. Why? It looks like the carrier had a change of heart and decided that Japan is a two-horse town. “The market is not big enough to support three operating systems at this time,” a DoCoMo spokesman told the paper on Friday. Samsung will undoubtedly fight to change the carrier’s mind about Tizen in the future, and it will also likely do everything in its power to ensure the sentiment doesn’t spread to other wireless service providers in the region.
Even though Samsung will launch its first Tizen smartphones in a few months, the company will not sell them in the U.S. this year, as it isn’t ready to face failure in the region, Samsung U.S. mobile operations director of product marketing told Fierce Wireless in an interview. More →
Google and Samsung already have an interesting relationship, but it is about to get much more awkward. Google has seemed a bit concerned for some time that Samsung has taken such a dominant role in the Android ecosystem. Now, Google will have a new reason to be concerned: beginning in March, Samsung will dominate Android and compete with it at the same time. According to a report from Japan-based magazine Mainichi, top Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo has confirmed that Tizen smartphones will become available beginning in March. The news follows a number of delays that pushed the launch of Samsung’s first Tizen phone back from last year, but the consumer tech giant apparently has no plans to delay things any further. The first round of Samsung’s Tizen handsets are expected to debut next month during the annual Mobile World Congress trade show.
Coming off of a notable profit miss for Q4, Samsung is looking to start 2014 off with a bang. The South Korean company kick-started CES on Monday with an abundance of hardware announcements, including four new tablets of various shapes and sizes, but the most exciting Samsung reveal of Tuesday might not be from CES at all. The latest images from @evleaks purport to show off Samsung’s new smartphone UI, or at least an interface that the company is testing. More →
While Samsung has done extremely well making Android phones, the company doesn’t want its destiny tied to another company’s platform. That’s why it’s been plugging a lot of resources into Tizen, its homemade operating system that it hopes to establish as the fourth major mobile platform after iOS, Android and Windows Phone. More →