Tizen hitting roadblocks
We’re all familiar with Samsung’s Tizen efforts, and how the phone-maker is trying to somehow either compete with Android and iOS, or secure a position of survival should its Android plans, at one point, fail. However, that’s a very brave hypothesis as Samsung is currently the most successful Android OEM, and the company has recently signed a ten-year cross-licensing agreement with Google (though Mountain View is trying to limit Samsung’s customization of Android lately).
The Wall Street Journal reports that Samsung’s Tizen plans are hitting some roadblocks though, in the form of carriers worldwide stepping back, withdrawing support, or simply failing to commit just yet to the new OS (DoCoMo, Sprint, Telefonica, Orange, as named by the report). Developer interest can also be added to the list of hurdles Samsung needs to surpass in order for Tizen to become significant.
However, due to Google’s business model, Mountain View gets a (n indirect) cut (thanks to preloaded Google Apps) from every Samsung phone sold, which speaks for the enormous potential that Samsung apparently doesn’t want to give up on, hence their Tizen efforts.
“With Google we have a close relationship and we will continue to be an important strategic partner and collaborate together”, said a Samsung spokesperson. However, he added that the company will continue to support multiple platforms and, since their Windows Phone presence is relatively small, Tizen could definitely be an option.
Source: The Wall Street Journal