Samsung Electronics has reportedly postponed the launch of its highly-anticipated smartphone based on open-source Tizen operating system that the consumer electronics giants is co-developing with Intel Corp. and others. No reasons for the delay have been revealed so far, but considering how complex modern mobile platforms are, a postponement is clearly not something completely unexpected.
Samsung originally planned to unveil a Tizen-based smartphone sometimes in summer, presumably in July or August. The company has even demonstrated a prototype handset running the operating system at various occasions. However, Cnet News reports that the smartphone is now delayed to the Q4 2013. I24news web-site claims that the device will be formally introduced at IFA trade show in Berlin, Germany, this September.
It was once expected that Samsung will launch the Tizen-based smartphone with NTT Docomo in Japan and Orange in France. At present no U.S. carrier is officially interested in this mobile platform. This is not the first delay for Tizen.
Unofficially, it is claimed that Samsung and its partners still have issues with application store for Tizen. Developers are not interested to port their apps to operating system that is absent on the market, but at the same time it is impossible to launch a mobile platform without third-party software. However, this explanation is not completely logical, keeping in mind that Tizen can run programs written for Samsung's proprietary Bada platform.
Tizen will support mobile applications written with Bada’s software development kit. That support will include backwards compatibility for previously published Bada apps. After Bada and Tizen essentially become the same thing, software developers will use the same tools, SDKs, APIs, etc., which will enable easy transition for developers from Bada, which has relatively limited capabilities, and Tizen, which is supposed to become a fully-fledged operating system for smartphones, tablets and other devices.
Tizen is a standards-based, cross-architecture software platform, which supports multiple device categories including smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, netbooks and in-vehicle infotainment systems. Tizen combines the open-source technologies from LiMo and the Linux foundation and adds a robust and flexible standards-based HTML5 and WAC web development environment within which device-independent applications can be produced efficiently for unconstrained cross-platform deployment. This approach leverages the robustness and flexibility of HTML5 which is rapidly emerging as a preferred application environment for mobile applications and the broad carrier support of the Wholesale Applications Community (WAC).
Intel and Samsung, as well as numerous partners, believe that HTML5-based applications will eventually be more widespread and competitive that programs designed for particular eco-systems, such as Apple iOS or Google Android.
Samsung did not comment on the news-story.