Samsung’s first Tizen smartphone delayed?
In case you were impatiently waiting for Samsung to commercially launch its first Tizen OS smartphone, it looks like that won’t happen as soon as the company had expected. Last we heard, the first Tizen handset was supposed to arrive in Q3 (thus in this quarter: July – September).
Now, however, Korean website inews24 (automatic translation) has it that Samsung is delaying the launch by a couple of months.
Reportedly, the company isn’t happy with the Tizen ecosystem yet, so it’s working to make things better in that aspect – probably by increasing the number of apps, as well as their quality.
As for the first Tizen handset itself, this is codenamed Redwood, and it seems to have at least two model numbers: GT-I8800 and GT-I8805. It should feature LTE, an HD display, and an Exynos 4412 processor, so it won’t offer the latest and greatest specs. It’s not clear if Samsung will want to launch it globally, or just in a few markets. In any case, the smartphone could look like this:
Japan’s Fujitsu and NEC said they’d release Tizen smartphones, too – although it won’t happen this year, but sometimes in 2014.
Back in May, Tizen OS has reached version 2.1. Interested developers can download the Tizen 2.1 SDK here.