Smartphone running on Samsung’s Tizen operating system were originally scheduled to launch last year, but it took a new turn when Samsung released their next-generation Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo running the latest OS. It was also revealed that Tizen-based smartphone will launch before the end of the second quarter of 2014, according to a report earlier this year.
According to TizenIndonesia, a blog with a decent track record, the first Tizen-powered smartphone will see the light of the day in Russia next month, that is, May.
The report cites a Samsung official as the source, and mentions the first Tizen smartphone will be a high-end device, which will not be very different from the Samsung Galaxy S4.
As far as the launch in Russia is concerned, it’s a place where the Korean OEM has received a lot of success with its Bada OS, as well as other Samsung devices. During the interview with Reuters earlier this year, Samsung official said, Tizen smartphone will be launched in ““a few countries where we can do well.” And Russia looks like a good place to get started. Following Russia, the handset will make its way to other countries such as Brazil, and other developing countries.
It seems Samsung wants the OS to succeed in the competitive mobile platform industry dominated by Android and iOS. It also appears Samsung want to reduce its dependence on Google’s Android OS, and wants to make sure it has its own OS to rely on. We’ll find out more about Tizen devices in the coming days. Stay tuned.