Poll: Should Samsung keep trying with Tizen?

When you think of smartphones, what two operating systems come to mind? For most people, it's Android and iOS. There are some holdouts that still believe Windows Mobile has a place in the market, but when looking at real usage numbers, there's no doubt that Android and iOS account for the majority of the market. However, if you regularly keep up with mobile tech news, you know that these aren't the only two mobile operating systems in existence. Samsung's own Tizen OS has been around for almost 5 years at this point, but unfortunately, it hasn't grown quite as popular as Samsung would have liked.

While we've yet to see a true Tizen-powered smartphone make a big impression on the US, it's been powering Samsung's smartwatches for quite some time. The latest device to run Tizen that's getting a major release is the upcoming Gear S3 smartwatch line, and it looks to be one of the most impressive wearables that we've seen all year. However, when looking at Tizen as a whole, there's still a great deal of work that needs to be done before it can stand among the ranks of its Android and iOS counterparts.

Samsung recently announced that they'll be launching the the Tizen Mobile App Incentive Program, and it's designed to solve one of the biggest issues surrounding the Tizen OS as a whole - app availability. The company is investing a grand total of more than $9 million into this initiative to get developers to create more and more apps for the operating system, and with this news breaking, it got us to thinking - should Samsung keep trying with Tizen, or is it time to give up on it once and for all?

What should Samsung do with Tizen?

Kill it off, no reason to compete with Android or iOS
Continue to work on it, we need more choice when it comes to mobile operating systems
Keep it around, but use it to power other gadgets (smartwatches, TVs, etc.)
Other (comment below)



1. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Whatever the results of the polls, no one will trust it. Especially coming from CNN NYT MSNBC Samsung tizen no longer matter. Deal with iOS and Android.

4. tedkord

Posts: 17456; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Ha ha.

16. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

If Tizen is better that LagWiz, then go for Tizen.

20. tedkord

Posts: 17456; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Tizen is better than any other smartwatch OS right now. It's the Android of watches.

23. cheetah2k

Posts: 2294; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Agreed. the Gear S series with Tizen is absolutely sweet. Keep at it Samsung!

13. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Agree with your first sentence. But your second sentence made you look pathetic ignorant. Tizen is already the third OS in the World, and that with one phone model only. And soon will be on many more models. Tizen on high-end model will come as soon as the app store grows enough.

2. LanjaKodaka

Posts: 219; Member since: Sep 27, 2016

Yo never kill your baby :)

9. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1273; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Samsung killed their Bada OS earlier...!!

3. iushnt

Posts: 3147; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Samsung should continue..

12. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Agreed. Samsung should continue to their software innovation. Its would have a higher chance of succeeding if Samsung make it an open platform. Otherwise, no body other than Samsung would invest in it.

5. tedkord

Posts: 17456; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Keep it going. More choice is always better. And, the Gear S2 proves it works, and works as well or better than any other smartwatch choice.

8. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

By working you mean not having much as applications? in today world for an OS to work you need a extended app ecosystem. Stop wasting money on tizen and improve your QA Samsung!

15. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

So far as app ecosystems go, you have to start somewhere. Neither Android not iOS started out with a million apps, they had to build and grow their app stores. It baffles me why everyone is content to only have two platforms. Yes there is competition between them that drives some technical advancement. But you know what's better than two competitors? More competitors. The more people trying new things means a better outcome for the customer.

21. tedkord

Posts: 17456; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I mean works as well or better than any other watch OS. It doesn't need any further clarification.

6. libra89

Posts: 2312; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I like choice.

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The good thing about Tizen is, its less of a battery drain vs Android. TouchWiz no longer has to be a layer, which mean the OS would be more fluid. Also means Samsung can integrate whatever features that want, and do it at the OS level. Also means, you dont have to deal with Google's BS and havign 2 apps on a phone that do the exact same thing. Then if Samsung can also pull off installing native APK files, which we can sideload, then we can still buy apps on the Play Store. Or we can just sideload them from other options like Amazon. Samsung sells enough phones, to where they don't need to depend on Google. Just drop Google. Without Samsung, Android would fall down in the market and give Google a wake up call. iOS would be pushed to 3rd place, because Apple simply doesn't make as many products running iOS as Samsung could running Tizen. Tizen runs their watches, their TV's and more. The only huge downside, is Samsung needs to make the most popular apps run on Tizen.

10. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Dream on. Google wont give access to apk and the store on tizen not now or never in fact. So tizen might be more fluid and use less battery but its will have no apps. Microsoft failed at trying to make dev make app for windows mobile even trowing millions of $ to try and they have much more ppl dev for them than tizen can have in 10 years. Wont happen they should take thats money and put it in QA and making better touchwiz thats will be fluid like many other OEM are able to do it. my G5 never lag not even microstutter. Same for HTC 10. As you said APPS are the most important thing and tizen will never have the support ios or android have from the dev. Game over.


Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

To be honest i would love to have a third choice, but Tizen isn't cut for it at the moment, one reason is how is it different from android it pretty much looks like it, acts like it but it isn't it.I would say Windows mobile is the real third choice because it's different from the two OS but seeing how it has no developer love and pretty much the average user is content with these 2 OS i doubt there will ever be a major successful third option.

14. NonFanBoy

Posts: 180; Member since: May 28, 2015

1. The first tizen smart phone was released last year in January so its certainly not a 5 year old smartphone OS as the article suggests. 2. Its currently aimed at very low budget handsets ~100$ maily for first time smartphone users and is doing really well in that segment. 3. It has grown a lot for being such a young OS. Its smoot even with very low budget hardware with games like Asphalt running without hiccups. Discarding the OS at such an early stage when its doing more than expected is not even worth considering. Wonder if the author put in any time in research at all before randomly posting the artice.

17. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Honestly if they can allow android developers to just compile their apps with almost next to no changes it could work for them. Otherwise they are just putting more stress on developers. This is why the 2 model system is so popular, that alone is already a lot for developers, especially companies that can't afford to have dev teams for every platform.

18. surethom

Posts: 1730; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Kill it off BUT that's not going to happen now that Samsung have just bought the automotive in car company they will swap the software for tizan unfortunately. There are no APPS FOR THE Samsung gear fit2

19. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Tizen should stay with the watches. Tizen Smartwatches are way better than androidware

24. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Keep it around, and encourage developers to bring their apps in both Android and Tizen formats to the Samsung Store, making it 1 store for both Android + Tizen devices. If they give the option to dual-boot to Tizen on their flagship devices, and have their apps share data locally between the OSs (easily accomplished with a central file system), will definitely make use of it on a Note 7-like device. Battery should last a lot longer without google's data-mining services...

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