Don’t look for Tizen phones until 2014
If Tizen really is Samsung’s future, as well as the platform the company would love to be using on a plurality of its smartphones going forward, it sure has a funny way of expressing it. After all, we’ve been patiently waiting for the arrival of the first consumer-focused Tizen hardware, and so far have come up wanting. Over the summer, a launch in August or September was looking possible, but we later heard that Samsung could be pushing things back. Then we were hoping for some kind of grand announcement at the company’s Developers Conference late last month, but once again the only news was about more developer hardware. It sounds like we’ve still got a bit of a wait before Tizen’s ready to go mainstream, with Samsung now talking about a 2014 launch.
It was actually the company’s TV strategy it was recently discussing – Tizen’s flexible enough for Samsung to be looking to it for smart TVs, in addition to phones and tablets – when it clarified that any Tizen TV would have to wait until after the first phones finally arrive. We may very well see both sometime next year, but depending on when these handsets actually launch, the Tizen TV could be waiting until 2015.
Still, the companies involved with Tizen seem committed to the project. Intel – which along with Samsung heads-up Tizen – had one of its VPs in attendance, who asserted that Tizen remains a “significant investment.” We’d love to know if that investment has a chance of paying off, but until we see some hardware hit stores, it’s just too soon to say.