Samsung may delay launch of first Tizen hardware
With the first Firefox phone hitting carriers this week, the era of the platform upstarts has really gotten underway. In the months to come we expect to see a number of additional new platforms show their stuff, and one of the next to arrive has been supposed to be Tizen. Back in March we learned from Samsung execs that it was planning on introducing Tizen-running hardware sometime in August or September, but now a new rumor claims that Samsung will be pushing that timetable back by a couple months.
South Korea’s iNews24 reports hearing from its sources that Samsung is delaying its Tizen launch plans by around two months, making us now looking at availability closer to October or November. Supposedly, this extra time is going to give Samsung more time to ensure that Tizen launches with a sufficient selection of apps.
While that sounds like a relatively smart move, we wonder if it might actually be bad news. Surely Samsung always wanted Tizen having a healthy assortment of apps at launch; could this delay be an indication that third-party devs just aren’t showing the interest Samsung was counting on?