Earlier this week, it was suggested that Samsung’s first Tizen-based handsets might debut at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February.
We’re still not too sure about the MWC part, but Samsung has confirmed it’ll definitely release Tizen handsets this year. ‘Citing.
Samsung confirmed earlier speculation from out of Japan, in an emailed statement to the chaps at Bloomberg.
The statement reads: “We plan to release new, competitive Tizen devices within this year and will keep expanding the lineup depending on market conditions.”
The South Koreans typically like to keep a finger in every pie, most recently with Android, Windows Phone, and its own bada OS.
Of course, while bada easily outperformed Windows Phone with a minimum of fuss, it just as quietly died a death – and was ultimately absorbed by Tizen.
There’s muchos speculation about Samsung’s long-term plans. While it’s very much the darling of the Android world at present, with the Galaxy range and handful of Nexus devices in the bag, Google has of course acquired Motorola.
We’ve yet to see Motorola benefit, but it seems almost inevitable that a Motorola Nexus device will materialise at some point, and with Tizen – Samsung might be laying the foundations to bail on Android entirely.