Samsung to launch 2 Tizen smartphones by June
Recent reports claim that Samsung is currently working on at least two smartphones running on its own Tizen operating system to be launched sometime in the end of the second quarter.
Samsung’s Senior Vice President of product strategy, Yoon Han-kil revealed that the Tizen smartphone launch will take place somewhere between now and the end of June.
According to the Reuters report, Yoon said, “We had tried to launch [Tizen] with DoCoMo and Orange… but couldn’t because of poor market conditions. We have changed our strategy and will release the phones in a few countries where we can do well.”
Yoon admitted that launch of Tizen-based devices in Europe and Japan, which was originally slated for last year, was cancelled “because of poor market conditions.”
Yoon added that Tizen, in order to be considered as a successful platform, would have to fetch up to 15 percent of Samsung’s total smartphone shipments accounting for around 46 million smartphones.
Putting an end to all sorts of delays, Samsung is reportedly getting ready to launch devices running on the brand new mobile operating system. Tizen faced some serious issues with carrier partners including NTT DoCoMo, Sprint, Telefonica and Orange, who backed away from the Samsung’s Tizen Association.
Yoon further revealed that Samsung will be launching two Tizen devices, one targeting the high-end market and the other one to be mid-range device. He also clarified that Android will still remain the company’s main business, while Tizen or Windows will be used for markets that Android could not explore.
Samsung already has Tizen for its wearables range, with the OS powering both its Gear smartwatches – Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. However, the Tizen OS is yet to make a smartphone debut.