Samsung CEO calls it “too early for a smartphone with Tizen”
Samsung’s Unpacked event is now a wrap, having introduced us to the Galaxy S 5, Gear Fit, and reacquainting us with the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Those represent the major devices we were hoping to see, but there have been a few notable no-shows from Samsung so far at MWC: what about those non-PRO Tab 4 models? What about a long-overdue Tizen phone? Despite Tizen being the new platform for the Gear 2 smartwatches, its future with smartphones gets dealt another setback today, with Samsung CEO J.K. Shin saying that it’s still “too early for a smartphone with Tizen.”
In a story that’s becoming far too common by now (having heard pretty much the very same thing all the way back in July), Samsung’s worried about the selection of apps available (or not available, as the case may be) for the platform, and wants to see that mature before the public is introduced to a Tizen handset.
That said, Samsung is still pushing forward with Tizen, and beyond its new role in smartwatches, we’ll soon be seeing Tizen-based Samsung TVs. We’ve already heard that TVs would come before Samsung brought Tizen to phones, so while this isn’t an entirely unexpected development, it’s still one that could be problematic; after all, platforms like Android and iOS are just getting more powerful and developing larger user bases as time goes on; the later Tizen phones arrive, the fiercer the competition they stand to face.