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Samsung Confirms Tizen Phones are Coming Soon

By - Source: Reuters | B 7 comments

After several setbacks, the first high-end Tizen phone will arrive at the end of this quarter.

While talking about the upcoming Galaxy S5, Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung's product strategy team, confirmed in an interview that the company's first Tizen phone will arrive at the end of Q2 2014. He said Tizen devices will likely be used to reach markets that Android cannot address.

"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," he said.  Yoon added that in order to be successful, Tizen would have to account for up to 15 percent of Samsung's total smartphone shipments.

In an interview with Reuters, Yoon said that the first Tizen smartphone will be a high-end model. The second model will mainly focus on the middle of the market to "drive volume growth." Samsung already has one Tizen device out on the market: the second version of its Gear smartwatch, which went on sale last week.

Tizen is seen as Samsung's move to break away from Android. For now, its Android smartphone business will continue to pay the bills and fill their pockets with cash. However, Android sounds like a crutch that will likely be tossed aside once Tizen picks up enough speed to tackle both Android and Apple's iPhone line.

The interview points out that Samsung wants to create its own ecosystem with Tizen, and reduce its reliance on Android. But Samsung has faced problems along the way to the market, including several delays in product launches, which have weakened expectations. Samsung's global patent cross-licensing agreement with Google hasn't helped expectations either.

Unfortunately, Yoon didn't disclose any information about the Tizen launch such as in what countries the phone will be available, what carriers have signed on to carry Tizen phones, and the hardware details regarding the two phones. More of that, we expect, will be revealed towards the end of Q2 2014 if development stays on track.

Will Tizen be a success? That remains to be seen. Samsung is an Android powerhouse, and will obviously keep that momentum going until Tizen becomes a heavy hitter in the mobile sector. Not too long ago a company executive said that Tizen and its host smartphone wouldn't make a debut until it's perfect. First impressions are highly important.

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    JD88 , April 16, 2014 4:27 PM
    Well at least Tizen is an open-source, Linux based operating system. I'm all for more competition if they can innovate while providing an open platform. Innovation is going to be key though. An Android clone with Samsung's B list copies of Google Apps is not going to impress very many people.
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    web11 , April 16, 2014 5:09 PM
    Time to abandon Samsung if they will stop backing Android. I guess it's time to go back to HTC.
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    wemakeourfuture , April 16, 2014 9:29 PM
    Tizen will be complete trash like Bada. Samsung cannot write good software.
    If they flip their OS for mobile and tablets to Tizen, time to short Samsung stock big time.
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    ChillsandThrills , April 16, 2014 9:34 PM
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    Tizen will be complete trash like Bada. Samsung cannot write good software.
    If they flip their OS for mobile and tablets to Tizen, time to short Samsung stock big time.


    Someone who trashes a new product before they have experienced it shows they have nothing to add to the conversation. I welcome a new OS. I want many more. Linux shall rule them all!
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    Johan Kryger Haglert , April 17, 2014 3:14 AM
    But.. But.. My Humble bundle games is for Android! ;D

    (Do it run Dalvik?)
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    Johan Kryger Haglert , April 17, 2014 3:15 AM
    Quote:
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    Tizen will be complete trash like Bada. Samsung cannot write good software.
    If they flip their OS for mobile and tablets to Tizen, time to short Samsung stock big time.


    Someone who trashes a new product before they have experienced it shows they have nothing to add to the conversation. I welcome a new OS. I want many more. Linux shall rule them all!
    But it already do. The desktop kinda died before Linux got a grip on it. It rule the rest though (and yeah, the desktop isn't completely dead.)
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    abbadon_34 , April 17, 2014 4:06 AM
    Who? What? Tell me this is some third world piece mistakenly posted on the US site.
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    wemakeourfuture , April 17, 2014 5:44 AM
    Quote:
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    Tizen will be complete trash like Bada. Samsung cannot write good software.
    If they flip their OS for mobile and tablets to Tizen, time to short Samsung stock big time.


    Someone who trashes a new product before they have experienced it shows they have nothing to add to the conversation. I welcome a new OS. I want many more. Linux shall rule them all!



    You and the other 5 people who up-voted your silly little comment are typical Samsung fans that blindly think what Samsung makes is some how amazing and special.

    First off Tizen versions have been around and its highly unimpressive.

    https://www.tizen.org/

    Secondly, Samsung has a history of really bad Operating Systems and software in general compared to the market

    Third, I hope they have the balls to replace their products lines with their "innovation" because the company will lose billions in marketvalue and revenues. They're greatest success is using Android and they'll learn a hard lesson that their alternative is junk.
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    Bloob , April 17, 2014 7:04 AM
    I was quite pessimistic about Tizen when it started, and for some time after that, but now I'm slowly getting a bit excited, if for nothing else than bringing more competition to the mobile space, and perhaps, more awareness and polish to cross-platform developer tools. I wish operating systems would compete on their own merits, and not on the merits of the app market they are tied to.
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    acadia11 , April 17, 2014 9:24 AM
    I'm sorry this is a stupid move. What gain does Samsung have in creating yet another ecosystem developers will need to write apps. Poor investment IMHO.
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    robochump , April 17, 2014 11:45 AM
    App store always dictates how well a mobile Device OS will be accepted. Ask BB or Nokia (pre-WP).
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    wemakeourfuture , April 17, 2014 1:41 PM
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    Tizen will be complete trash like Bada. Samsung cannot write good software.
    If they flip their OS for mobile and tablets to Tizen, time to short Samsung stock big time.


    Someone who trashes a new product before they have experienced it shows they have nothing to add to the conversation. I welcome a new OS. I want many more. Linux shall rule them all!



    You and the other 5 people who up-voted your silly little comment are typical Samsung fans that blindly think what Samsung makes is some how amazing and special.

    First off Tizen versions have been around and its highly unimpressive.

    https://www.tizen.org/

    Secondly, Samsung has a history of really bad Operating Systems and software in general compared to the market

    Third, I hope they have the balls to replace their products lines with their "innovation" because the company will lose billions in marketvalue and revenues. They're greatest success is using Android and they'll learn a hard lesson that their alternative is junk.


    Calling things trash. Calling people names. Calling things unimpressive with nothing else to say. Let me guess...you are otacon72! Not tired of being banned time after time?


    I am not "otacon72"

    I see your deduction/predictions skills are lacking, no surprise your analysis of Samsung Tizen follows suit.


    Analysis? There is nothing to analyze! You are the one spouting off with drivel and empty posts. I welcome anything new! When it arrives, then and only then will I analyze it. You on the other hand, an apple fanatic, reflexively attack anything without an apple logo and you do it oh so poorly.


    I must repeat myself, Tizen has been around already. It's unimpressive and will gain no traction. It will fall into the abyss of what is Bada and other horrible attempts of mobile OS. Part of the death of this OS will be its lack of Apps.

    It is not my fault A) you don't know history and B) you can not extrapolate market trends.
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    ChillsandThrills , April 17, 2014 1:48 PM
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    I must repeat myself, Tizen has been around already. It's unimpressive and will gain no traction. It will fall into the abyss of what is Bada and other horrible attempts of mobile OS. Part of the death of this OS will be its lack of Apps.

    It is not my fault A) you don't know history and B) you can not extrapolate market trends.


    1. You offer no analysis.
    2. You only state unimpressive but that is based on what? Short empty articles that are a couple of years old?
    3. You have not tried and probably know very little about it since you cannot offer anything other than using a single word (unimpressive).
    4. I want to see many operating systems unlike you who follow Apple like it is a religion.
    5. As for the apps, Tizen will be able to run the same html apps that android runs AS WELL AS android apps through the use of a third party. Not to mention rewriting the apps would be easy and quick thus removing the need for a third p[arty app.
    6. run along now
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    wemakeourfuture , April 17, 2014 7:00 PM
    Quote:
    Quote:

    I must repeat myself, Tizen has been around already. It's unimpressive and will gain no traction. It will fall into the abyss of what is Bada and other horrible attempts of mobile OS. Part of the death of this OS will be its lack of Apps.

    It is not my fault A) you don't know history and B) you can not extrapolate market trends.


    1. You offer no analysis.
    2. You only state unimpressive but that is based on what? Short empty articles that are a couple of years old?
    3. You have not tried and probably know very little about it since you cannot offer anything other than using a single word (unimpressive).
    4. I want to see many operating systems unlike you who follow Apple like it is a religion.
    5. As for the apps, Tizen will be able to run the same html apps that android runs AS WELL AS android apps through the use of a third party. Not to mention rewriting the apps would be easy and quick thus removing the need for a third p[arty app.
    6. run along now


    Do you even know how many companies have abandoned HTML app development?

    *cough* *cough* Facebook as admitted it was their single biggest mistake in mobile.
    Also companies do not rewrite their apps as casually as you think. Thus the void of apps on Windows and Blackberry.

    Plus, lack of apps is but one contributing factor to why it will fail, you cease to understand the bigger picture and the market...

    Sorry little child that you missed recess to make your silly little response.
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    Bloob , April 18, 2014 1:18 AM
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    I'm sorry this is a stupid move. What gain does Samsung have in creating yet another ecosystem developers will need to write apps. Poor investment IMHO.


    The average price for smartphones is dropping, while Android is very much tied to Google's content offerings. I'm guessing Samsung wants a platform where they can dominate the content.
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    Eliminati , April 18, 2014 9:29 AM
    I will always have at least one iPad and at least one Android phone in my family due to the amount of high quality paid apps I have. The iPad is a given just for the games. I have a PS4, Wii U, 3DS XL, and a Steam account on a 780ti, but I still play my iPad for a variety of very good games.

    I absolutely love my Note 3, but I would ditch Samsung in a heartbeat if it left Android. Absolutely without hesitation. I would probably go with HTC or a Nexus variety.