A few months ago, there were wild theories that Samsung’s Tizen OS might prove to be a rather disruptive force in mobile, possibly even driving a wedge between two of the game’s most dominant players: Samsung and Google.
To be fair, that always sounded pretty far-fetched to us, and even more so now with the news that the Samsung Z, the first Tizen smartphone, has been delayed indefinitely.
The Samsung Z was officially unveiled in early June after seemingly endless delays and broken promises, and yet another promise was broken when the Z-bomb failed to meet its Russian release date.
Samsung has kept pretty quiet about the whole fiasco, but a brief statement on The Wall Street Journal explains that the South Koreans want to "further enhance [the] Tizen ecosystem.”
That’s fair enough, but at the same time, you really have to wonder just how much “further” the ecosystem can be “enhanced” prior to launch. I can’t imagine there are too many developers out there desperate to jump onboard a train that’s constantly derailing.
Even if the Samsung Z does eventually materialise in Russia, the world’s top mobile manufacturer has already said it doesn’t see much of a market for a third (fourth if you include Windows Phone; fifth if you include BlackBerry 10) mobile operating system beyond emerging territories.
RIP Tizen? It’s certainly looking that way, but worth remembering it appears to be Samsung’s OS of choice for wearables, something Google isn't too happy about.