Incredibly, Tizen was first announced back in September 2011 – three years ago, and while we’ve met various bits and pieces of wearable tech with the OS on board, the first Tizen smartphone has yet to see the light of day.
The latest rumours suggest it’ll be released in November, and while there’s no specific mention of hardware, it probably won’t be the Samsung Z. Y’know, the phone that was supposed to be released in July?
To be fair, that’s what we were saying last time: Samsung Z scrapped altogether? Tizen to focus on low end?
Here, India’s Economic Times says Samsung’s first Tizen phone will arrive in India after Diwali, in November. That’s according to Tarun Malik, director of Samsung’s Media Solutions Center for South West Asia.
India isn't typically a big focus for high-end smartphones, so, again, it's probably fair to say we're not talking about the Samsung Z.
Malik seems to think the logical focus is on Samsung’s content and services, rather than – say – simple, affordable phones with the promise of ongoing software support.
Incidentally, that’s exactly what Android One does offer. It made its debut in India this week, with the first phones – near-stock efforts with decent entry-levels specs – coming in at around £65.
Even the most optimistic observer must concede that it's looking pretty dire for Samsung. The longer the saga drags on, the worse it seems to get.