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WSJ: Carriers not as keen on Tizen as they were before

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WSJ: Carriers not as keen on Tizen as they were before
Every time we get close to a launch for a Tizen powered handset, something seems to happen to delay the project. Japan's DoCoMo was all set to make an announcement about the phone in the middle of last month. The carrier's president, Kaoru Kato, practiced his speech a month in advance, signifying the importance of Tizen for the mobile operator. But on the very day that the phone was to be unveiled, Kato canceled the announcement, stating that there was no demand in Japan for a competitor to the iOS and Android duopoly. The executive subsequently said that "Tizen continues to be extremely important...we will watch global market trends to decide on a launch."

France's Orange was expected to launch a Tizen powered phone at the same time as DoCoMo. Instead, the company backed off, stating that it feels that Tizen is not "as mature" as the operator thought it would be. Orange says it does not have a Tizen phone in its line up that is ready to be released soon.

Carriers that have given up on Tizen include Sprint. The third largest carrier in the U.S. had originally joined the Tizen Association in May of 2012, but left last year to focus "on more immediate product launches." Telefonica, in Spain, left the Tizen Association and decided instead to marshal its resources on the Fireox OS. The carrier released the first handset running the latter platform, saying it was an easier sell in the entry-level niche of the Latin American phone market.

It was originally believed that Samsung had worked hard to finish Tizen so as not to be seen as a slave to Google and its open source Android OS. By having Tizen around as a possible Android replacement, Samsung could threaten to launch its handsets powered by its own OS. Not coincidentally, that would allow Samsung to capture the sale of third party apps, content and services on Tizen, instead of letting Google take all of that revenue from Android.

But the relationship between Google and Samsung might never be closer than it is now after both sides agreed to a 10-year cross licensing pact, and Google sold its Motorola handset business to Lenovo. Still, the Korean manufacturer is going ahead with the OS. According to those familiar with the plan, it offered the developer of one of Android's big-time apps, with more than 50 million downloads, $100,000 to make a version of the app for Tizen.

As for Tizen, Samsung will finally introduce a "sneak preview" at MWC in Barcelona later this month. While Samsung is seemingly going through the motions, the question is if its heart is really still in the project.

source: WSJ

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posted on 03 Feb 2014, 00:38 4

1. pokerc (Posts: 56; Member since: 24 May 2012)


No need for tizen

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 03:05 3

7. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


Tizen = Bada OS of 2014

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 03:46 1

8. snowgator (Posts: 3237; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Any one remeber peterlfromsweden? Biggest Bada fan I ever met. He was all on board Bada's bandwagon and defended it almost all the way to it's death, leaving Phone Arena just a couple months before Samsung discontinued it.

He was a fun fan boy.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 14:49

10. Dastrix (Posts: 599; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


Exactly! Tizen = Bada = Failure = Dead upon Arrival.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 00:52 1

2. Liveitup (Posts: 1331; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Doubtful we will see Tizen OS in North America, with Samsung and Google (Android) becoming best buddies as of late that further diminishes Tizen's chances of a healthy existence.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 00:54 1

3. Qbancelli (Posts: 63; Member since: 11 Mar 2010)


Yeah, nobody is asking for this but Google haters.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 01:02 1

4. a_merryman (Posts: 685; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


I literally have no desires for another mobile OS, especially one as ugly as Tizen. We already have Android, iOS, and WP8. The only other interesting mobile OS that will be coming out is ubuntu touch.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 01:38 1

6. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5577; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


...and Jolla.

Oh, and don't forget BlackBerry cuz BlackBerry isn't dead yet. I hope they will make a comeback with the help of their CEO John Chen.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 01:12 1

5. XperiaOptimusOne (unregistered)


Tizens fate will be that of Bada. I guess Samsung hasn't learned but nice try though.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 11:27 1

9. phonetekmek (Posts: 70; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)


Bring back webOS! ROFL!!!

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 20:23

11. snowgator (Posts: 3237; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Amen and Amen.

Stupid HP. Now it is just a TV interface. Hurts to think about....

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