Oh, Tizen, you just can not catch a break, can you? Last fall we were hoping to get news of the first commercial Tizen smartphones only to be told that we’d have to wait until 2014. And now we’ve been hopeful that we might get word at MWC in February, despite recent news of certain carriers getting cold feet towards the platform. Well, while there’s still an off chance that we might get to see some new hardware at the expo, we’re not expecting to see any big launches, as Samsung reveals that it’s had to push back its Tizen schedule.
The company confirms that it was initially planning to get Tizen phones up for sale in a select group of countries during the first half of the year, including Russia and Samsung’s own South Korea, but that’s no longer going to happen.
Samsung doesn’t specifically commit to when Tizen devices will ultimately arrive, but now we’re looking at Q3 2014 as the absolute earliest – and given this track record of delays, we wouldn’t put any money on that prediction.
In one light, we’re optimistic that all these delays will add up to the launch of a more mature, competitive platform, but at some point we’re going to have to ask if Tizen phones will ever go up for sale, or if this whole project is taking on an air of vaporware.