We’ve been anticipating the arrival of Tizen-running commercial smartphones for more than two years by this point. Finally it looked like things were starting to happen earlier this year, but then carriers seemed to get cold feet. Eventually Samsung put the rumors to rest and announced the Samsung Z last month; end of the story, right? If only it were that simple. Even with this model now confirmed, Tizen can’t seem to shake this history of delays, and now issues are interfering with plans for the Z’s Russian launch.
Moscow was expected to see its own Samsung Z launch event this week at a Tizen developer’s conference there, but Samsung abruptly pulled the plug on its announcement. While we had earlier heard that the Z was confirmed for availability in Russia during Q3, all Samsung is willing to say now is that “the smartphone will appear on the Russian market later, when we can offer our users a fullest portfolio of applications.”
That mirrors rumors we heard this time last year, with talk of Samsung delaying Tizen hardware in the goal of building up a richer software base before commercial devices arrived.
So what does this spell for the Samsung Z’s ultimate arrival? Was that announcement last month just a tease, and the Z could end up hanging back until Q4? Samsung apparently isn’t too keen on saying, but given the shaky road Tizen’s been down thus far, we’ll just be happy if this guy goes up for sale this year at all.