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Samsung executive claims the first Tizen phone will launch before July

samsung-tizen has told Reuters the company will release its first before the beginning of July, putting an end to the delays which have plagued the brand new mobile operating system. The device is expected to feature a flagship-style spec sheet, and could be followed by a mid-range smartphone to help increase market share.

The news comes from ’s Vice President of Product Strategy, Yoon Han-kil, who also stated that hardware running Google’s Android software would remain its “main business,” while Tizen devices would be for bringing in revenue based on app sales and services. has also changed its strategy regarding Tizen. Initially planned to introduce hardware into countries where the manufacturer wasn’t especially popular, it has now decided to launch them in markets where it’s an established and popular choice.
Tizen software running on a prototype phone.

Tizen software running on a prototype phone.

This comes shortly afterwards the Japanese network DoCoMo baulked a Tizen phone launch. Japan is really a weak market for Samsung, with analysts showing a steadily declining market share by the end of 2013. The switch to pushing Tizen in places where by Samsung does well, could suggest the U. S. and the UK will get a taste of Tizen later this season. Yoon estimates Tizen will should represent 15 percent of Samsung’s full smartphone shipments if it’s to be a success for the company.

Samsung has already launched Tizen, just not on a smartphone. Instead, it shunned Android in favor of its own OS on the new Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches, which were launched alongside the Galaxy S5 during Mobile World Congress. Interestingly, Yoon says Samsung plans to make its future Tizen-powered smartwatches compatible with all Android phones, not just its own, potentially increasing awareness and challenging Google’s new Android Wear software.

An exact launch date hasn’t been provided, with the Samsung executive saying only that it’ll occur somewhere between now and the end of June. At the end of January, a leak showed a Tizen device named the Z9000 Zeq, which looked very similar to Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Android phone, but with a smaller, lower resolution display. It’s not clear whether this will be one of the launch phones.

Is Tizen finally going to get its chance to shine on the international smartphone stage? We’ll find out very soon, but the delays make us wary of getting our hopes up too much.

Source: Digitaltrends

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