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Tizen's debut handset delayed due to processor rivalry?

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Tizen's debut handset delayed due to processor rivalry?
While Samsung is expected to hold a Tizen-tinged event on February 23rd to demo a Tizen flavored phone, the event will not discuss anything about a subsequent launch. According to a published report out of Indonesia, NTT Docomo has delayed the expected March launch of its Tizen powered handset. Delays are nothing new to the Tizen platform. A whole series of expected launches has been put off over the last year, and at one time the OS was considered DOA.

What is new is the reason that is rumored to be behind the delay of a Tizen launch. Apparently, the first Tizen device, the one to be launched by Japan's Docomo, was supposed to have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU under the hood. But Qualcomm is not a member of the Tizen Association and is in fact, a rival to Samsung and Intel in the chip world.

The chip rivalry has made things difficult for Samsung and the other companies that back Tizen, and has led to the delay. Only Qualcomm can deliver a SoC with a LTE modem that supports the kind of LTE connectivity that most carriers are using. And the carriers who are backing Tizen certainly want the phone to offer LTE connectivity. At this point, you can understand why there is an impasse.

There is a solution, but not a timely one. Sources say that Intel's new 22nm process Merrifield chip will power the first Tizen phone, and this chip does offer an LTE modem that will work with the carriers involved. We told you the other day that Intel might leave the smartphone business in 2015, but if Tizen does take off this might not happen. The new SoC is also expected to be introduced at MWC, and will ship in March. That could mean that Tizen is still a few months away from getting launched.

Thanks, Anonymous Tipster!

source: TizenIndonesia via GforGames

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posted on 28 Jan 2014, 12:50

1. ZeroCide (Posts: 785; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)

Lol. pettyness delays progress!

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 13:52 1

2. Kishin (Posts: 706; Member since: 30 May 2013)

Their taking their time just like Nokia, greatness takes time to achieve.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 19:16 1

10. Dastrix (unregistered)

Except Tizen is dead upon arrival, and will be the failure that once graced Bada.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 14:02 1

3. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)

Qualcomm is a rival? ok... then what about snapdragons in samsung's flagships? where goes the rivalry? this report's rivalry statement is Not understandable for me

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 14:23 5

4. rangaha (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 05 Dec 2013)

Intel wants Tizen to use their processors instead of Qualcomm's. Samsung makes a great diversity of electronics while Intel focuses on semiconductors. So Intel wants to push Tizen to use their processors. How is that not understandable to you?

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 12:46

12. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

Exactly. Issue is INTC.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 14:25 1

5. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1543; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)

In my opinion Tizen arrives too late.. For once is missing a lead company that can be the driving force and develop the platform. And Android has already taken the place for budget smartphones, so it will go in a market with very little space to grow.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 19:26 1

11. Dastrix (unregistered)

Exactly. Too little too late. Like BB10. Actually, since this is Samsung's progeny, it's fate lies more closely to Bada's, i.e. total flop.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 14:53

6. rd_nest (Posts: 1656; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)

"Only Qualcomm can deliver a SoC with a LTE modem..."

LOL!! Really PA? Is that what you found?

INtel already has LTE modems. Samsung already used Intel XMM 7160 LTE modem previously . Also don't forget Samsung also is coming up with "ModAP" one-chip solution for LTE-A connectivity.


posted on 28 Jan 2014, 17:33 1

7. Tsoliades (Posts: 228; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)

Eww. Tizen.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 17:46 2

8. teja171 (unregistered)

Well, Tizen nowadays holds a good share of news.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 18:42

9. Arthurhkt (Posts: 579; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)

Frankly speaking, by keep delaying the date of launching, it will drag down consumer interest on this new OS, i believe some of us who are interested with it start to less interest after few delay of it, or else i believe it will be a good OS to start up from few strong parent that backing it up.

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