Yesterday we heard that Samsung may be pushing back the launch of its first Tizen hardware from right around the end of summer to a couple months later. According to what the sources behind this claim, this was a calculated decision made in order to give the platform more time to develop a respectable assortment of apps. We wondered at the time if this was a sign of much worse news than anyone was letting on, and it looks like we’re not alone; industry rumor maven Eldar Murtazin has taken to Twitter to suggest that this isn’t just a delay, but the beginning of the end for Tizen.
Murtazin describes Tizen as “almost dead,” a surprising place to find a platform once seen as the future for Samsung’s smartphone business. While we’ve been looking for Samsung to release multiple Tizen models before the year’s out, Murtazin’s now predicting that we could see only a single one arrive.
What we can’t say with much certainty is how much of this may be based on actual insider gossip Murtazin’s been privy too, and how much is the sort of informed guesswork we all partake in. We’ll admit that things don’t seem bright for Tizen at the moment, but considering all the resources Samsung and Intel have contributed towards its development, it feels like Samsung almost has to make a win out of this; just throwing in its cards without seeing how things unfold seems a little premature.
If Tizen does fold, its remains may contribute to a more traditional Android-based Intel/Samsung collaboration.