The eagerly awaited Tizen OS has been pushed back once again, with the first Tizen smartphone, the Samsung Z, delayed just days before its expected launch.
With the Tizen running Samsung Z having previously been confirmed for a Russian release this month ahead of a global rollout later in the year, the Korean manufacturer has now pushed back the phone and operating system’s arrival.
According to reports from The Wall Street Journal, the Samsung Z was supposed to launch on July 11, although a dedicated launch event in Moscow was scrapped just days ahead of the scheduled unveiling.
Although Samsung has yet to announce an updated Samsung Z release date, the manufacturer has suggested that the first Tizen phone will land as soon as it can ensure Tizen users are offered “the fullest portfolio of applications.”
Tizen is a new Linux-based operating system designed to reduce Samsung’s reliance on Google’s Android OS. At present the software has been used to power just a couple of peripheral devices, including the Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch.
While the Samsung Z launch was cancelled at the last minute, the Galaxy S5 maker still held a Tizen developer meeting in Moscow, with around 150 attendees.
Highlighting the app gaps Samsung still needs to bridge with its Tizen platform, speaking at the event, Samsung Russia executive Dmitry Anosov told the half empty room of developers: “The most obvious advantage [of developing for the Tizen phone] is that you’ll be at the top in a half empty store on a decent premium device.”
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