It looks like we will have to wait even longer to see what Samsung’s Tizen operating system has in store for the world of smartphones, as Samsung has today stated that it is postponing the launch of the Samsung Z in Russia yet again. Although Tizen has already officially made its debut inside some of Samsung’s latest smartwatches and wearables, the more important business of the operating system’s smartphone debut remains elusive, for now.
Earlier today, Samsung declared a need to “further enhance [the] Tizen ecosystem” before launch, indicating that either, the software isn’t quite up to scratch, or that there is a still shortage of decent apps for the platform, even though apparently Tizen will play nice with Android apps via a virtual machine. The company avoided giving any details on its future plans for Tizen, or when the Samsung Z smartphone would eventually appear.
Originally, Samsung had planned for the Tizen powered Z handset to launch in Russia on July 10th at a Tizen developer summit in Moscow. However, the launch date came and went without any sign of a smartphone that looked market-ready. Instead, Samsung simply said that the handset would appear on the Russian market “later”.
The release was apparently pushed back into the third quarter of this year, just days before the device was expected to launch. Again, the reason given was to allow for more app development time. This wasn’t the first time that a Tizen smartphone had been dropped at the last minute, Japanese retailer NTT DoCoMo decided to cancel its first Tizen handset back in January.
Technically there is still time for Samsung to get its first Tizen smartphone out before the end of Q3, or failing that before the end of the year. However, Eldar Murtazin, a Moscow-based technology analyst who has been reporting on the Tizen smartphone’s setbacks, has cited anonymous sources which suggest that the Samsung Z smartphone “won’t arrive in 2014 at all” in Russia.
With so many setbacks and delays, it’s hard not to wonder if the Samsung Z will ever see the light of day. Looking at this is an a positive light, at least Samsung is determined to show Tizen off at its best, whenever it finally arrives in smartphone form.