No Samsung, delaying Tizen because of apps is not a good idea

Ever since Tizen was announced as being under development by Samsung (along with Intel and a slew of other partners), we have been waiting for that moment when the Korean manufacturer would launch the first Tizen-powered handset in the market and begin offering an alternative to its Android-based smartphones and tablets. However, numerous delays have resulted in the launch of the first Tizen phone getting postponed many times in the last couple of years, and Samsung has now revealed that the launch of the Samsung Z, the first officially announced Tizen handset, has been delayed in one of its main target markets, Russia, as the company hopes to build a stronger app ecosystem before offering the device to consumers.

Now, that might seem like the most sensible move to make – apps are the most important aspect of a smartphone these days, and the lack of a good app ecosystem has meant that newer operating systems like BlackBerry 10 and Sailfish are failing to pull consumers away from the more established Android and iOS. However, I’m not so sure it’s the right move.

See, the problem any new mobile OS faces is its lack of a solid app ecosystem, especially the lack of bigger names like Instagram, or Temple Run. However, unless you actually launch devices running your new OS in the market and people actually buy them, developers will have no incentive to focus their efforts on said new OS.

Samsung has courted developers to make apps for Tizen by offering them many incentives (cash prizes and the like), and is seemingly wanting to continue doing that before making a Tizen phone available in the market. However, at the end of the day, no matter how many incentives you may offer to developers, they will always go back to spending resources on established players. Samsung might be a huge force in the smartphone market, but even with all its financial might, it cannot keep developers interested in making apps for Tizen when no one is able to buy a device that actually runs the OS.

Basically, launching Tizen, or any new OS, is a double-edged sword – asking consumers to buy an OS in its early stages without a good number of solid apps is almost an evil thing to do, but delaying the launch of the OS and focusing on improving the ecosystem without any available devices is even worse. Samsung needs to launch a Tizen phone and make it available for purchase as soon as possible, or all the resources spent trying to get those developers writing apps for the OS would have been for naught, and I’m not sure that’s something even a huge company like Samsung can afford.

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2 years 8 months ago

Apart from the last comment, your all bashing Tizen!, do any of you have any experience of the OS?.

I have the Samsung Gear 2 watch, running Tizen, it does more than the first gear watch running Android and even the new Android wear OS on the Gear live is to be honest crap in comparison to the Gear 2 running Tizen.

Why well for the main part battery life is 4-5 days on my watch, the new “Android Live” manages a day, really that`s quite pathetic, ok so I`m particularly mentioning smart watches, but I`m all up for a new OS on a handset, and if the battery life can be doubled even tripled on a modern handset, well surely that has to be a good thing!.

Ok so the eco system is not there yet for Tizen, but seriously look at what is on the play store, would you not buy a modern new smartphone with a brand new OS, simply because it did not have ALL the apps that are in the playstore!.

I have been through a Galaxy 2, galaxy 3 and now galaxy 4, and I admit I love Android, it does what I need, but at the end of the day what do I really use my phone for – Calls, SMS, whatsapp, BBM, browsing, camera, mail maybe the odd game or 2, Tizen I`m sure would be able to do all this and more at launch, and more apps would follow.

If a brand new Tizen handset can do all that out of the box, plus offer better battery life, then I`m in, why would anyone not want to give it a try!, Android started slowly and look where it is now, who can not say Tizen won`t be bigger in 5 years.

Samsung get it out in the real world and lets see what happens.
2 years 8 months ago

I completely disagree with all of you and totally agree with the post! Firstly, how can Tizen be obsolete if it is an absolutely new OS?! Secondly, Samsung’s Tizen seemes interesting because of its low power consumption and no lags. These are the most important things nowadays and that’s the reason iOS stays still strong. Samsung indeed needs to launch its new Samsung Z smartphone and a few other Tizen-based smartphones as soon as possible to interest the consumers. The consumers are interested in the brand new, cool OS?, so the developers will!
Thirdly an option to move from Android to Tizen and from Tizen to Android will be also appreciated and I think successful as it will help to attract more consumers, because they will know that they didn’t spend their money for an app-less, feature phone even though they might never move to Android from Tizen. It will also attract some consumers like me, which will always be happy to test the new Tizen OS on my Galaxy Note 3, like Google did by making the option to move to Ubuntu OS on the Nexus 5.
Android also hadn’t had much developer support in 2007 when the OS came out, but today it is one of the world’s most popular OSs!

2 years 8 months ago

I think sudden delay is political decision. Russia should not be first launching market.

2 years 8 months ago

Just spend your resources on R&D Samsung….

2 years 8 months ago

Tizen is very very old… it was always only under developement!!! not long time its released and is complete CRAP!!!!!

2 years 8 months ago

I COMPLETELY DISAGREE with the author of this post. Tizen is a HORRIBLE OS, very young, unmature, no applications, no games, no support, no nothing. Releasing this obsolete device nobody in the world would buy it. Better samsung keep launching android devices which will be next 5 years good sales