Samsung’s Tizen OS has been awaited for long, and now it seems that the wait is only going to get longer. Samsung has pushed the date of release of its first Tizen OS powered smartphone (rumored to be either the Redwood or Melius) by at least four months from the earlier expected date of launch, Bloomberg reports. This means that the phone will not be launched before February. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy Sport clears FCC certification; could launch alongside Galaxy S10 on February 20
Reportedly, Yi Woo Bok, a principal engineer at Samsung’s software R&D Center said at the Tizen Developer Summit that the first Tizen phone will be released in February and will be sold through NTT Docomo in Japan and Orange in France. Also Read - Samsung Gear S3 and Gear Sport getting Tizen 4 update that adds new features
“We’re trying to prepare every technology that we can come up with since it’s hard to predict how the market will change,” Yi told the newswire service.
“The advantage of Tizen over other competitors is that it has the best technology to make devices more compatible with each other,” he added.
In addition to that, the report highlights Mark Skarpness, director of systems engineering at Intel’s Open Source Technology Center, saying that the software will also support wearable devices in future.
A couple of days back, Samsung had teased developers at the Tizen Developer Summit with a few of the features on the forthcoming Tizen 3.0. These included multiple user support, 64-bit architecture and low-end smartphone compatibility. However, this version of the software will not come before September 2014.
A few months back, a Samsung Galaxy S4 was also spotted running Tizen software, which somewhat hints at the company’s future plans of leveraging the platform as a bargaining chip against Google.