By 2011,. At the time it still seemed possible for another mobile operating system to play a major role in the market.
That was then. This is now. With the news thatin the third quarter, we must ask if Tizen will ever launch.
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In the beginning, Nokia and Intel were working on separate mobile OSs: Maemo and Moblin. In 2010, the two decided to combine them into MeeGo under the auspices of the Linux Foundation. A little earlier, in 2009, Samsung started work on its mobile Linux operating system: Bada.
By 2011, Intel and the Linux Foundation gave up on MeeGo and. Samsung, having gone nowhere fast with Bada, decided to .
So far, so good, despite the messy development history. As time went on, it became harder and harder to see exactly, if anywhere. The plan, it seemed, was to develop a third-party alternative to Android, but everything else about Tizen was foggy.
Worse still,. The first Tizen-powered device was due out last year. It never showed.
Then, seeing the handwriting on the wall, major Tizen carrier partners, such as NTT Docomo, Japan's largest mobile communications firm,.
So, here we are in mid-2014 and Samsung itself is now pulling back from releasing a Tizen phone.
Stick a fork in it, Tizen's done.
And, realistically, why should Samsung support a third-party operating system even if it's their own? According to IDC's smartphone market numbers, Samsung is the top smartphone vendor, selling. All of them run Android. Samsung smartphones outsell Apple's iPhone by more than two to one whether you measure it by market percentage or units sold.
So tell me, why exactly would Samsung want to disrupt the market? I can't think of any reasons. Can you?
Besides, why would Samsung want to spend more money developing what, at best, would be a third-place mobile operating system? Microsoft, since they've, has to keep trying to make Windows Phone relevant. . And, Canonical is still pursuing its .
But Samsung? No, I can't see it. I expect sometime in the next few months there will be a very quiet announcement that Tizen is no longer being developed and that will be that.