It looks like Tizen is unable to shake off its jinxed past. It has been years since Nokia, Intel and Linux Mobile Foundation have tried and given up on creating a third platform to take on iOS and Android and now Samsung seems to have inherited the curse with Tizen. After much fanfare and hosting a few global developer events, we are yet to see a commercially available smartphone running on the operating system. Now spearheaded by Samsung and seen as the Korean giant’s effort to reduce its dependency on Google in the long term, Tizen has received yet another blow after Japan’s NTT Docomo shelved plans for now to release a Tizen smartphone. Also Read - Best battery smartphones under Rs 15,000: Redmi Note 10T, Realme Narzo 30 and more
Japan has been the only major market where alternative LiMo-based devices have had any significant presence but now even NTT Docomo feels that the market is not big enough for a third smartphone operating system. This by all means marks a death blow to Samsung and its Tizen efforts. Also Read - Upcoming phone launches to expect in August 2021: Redmi 10, iQOO 8, Realme GT, Samsung Galaxy A52s, more
Samsung was expected to launch the first Tizen smartphone in February, probably on the sidelines of Mobile World Congress, but it seems that those plans are now up in the air. This is not the first time Tizen has been delayed. Earlier Samsung had promised a smartphone in Q4 of last year, which was then postponed to February this year. Samsung was also reported to have scrapped Bada, another unsuccessful platform for affordable smartphones and merged it with its Tizen efforts. Also Read - Top 5G smartphones under Rs 20,000 in August 2021: Samsung A22 5G, Redmi Note 10T, etc
Nevertheless, we would be surprised if Samsung and its partners would stop developing Tizen altogether, in hopes of having a bright future one day.
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