SamMobile has affiliate and sponsored partnerships. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

Has Samsung discontinued its Tizen smartphones?

Phone
By 

Last updated: December 16th, 2018 at 20:09 UTC+02:00

This year, Samsung killed off the Galaxy S Active lineup in North America, or it at least put it on hiatus as no new Active device was launched this year. The regular Galaxy S9, which would have been the one to get the Active upgrade, just didn’t have enough to offer for Samsung to justify making it more rugged and give it a big battery. And Samsung’s Tizen lineup also looks to have been put on hold for the same reason.

2018 is ending, and no new Tizen phone is in sight

Tizen smartphones have never been impressive, other than the fact that they were priced lower than Samsung’s entry-level Android phones and managed to run better despite low-end hardware. Yet, sales of Tizen smartphones have been quite strong in markets like India owing to their low prices and Samsung branding. However, with the company losing face in the budget and mid-range Android market, it may have decided to stop wasting resources on new Tizen devices. This is just a guess, of course, but with 2018 almost over and no new Tizen phone announced, that certainly seems to be the case.

Could Tizen phones make a comeback next year? That remains to be seen. Tizen will continue to exist and power other electronic products from the company, such as its televisions and other home appliances that connect to Samsung’s IoT network. But new phones based on Samsung’s homegrown mobile OS aren’t on the horizon, and it may be a while before the Korean giant lets us in on its future plans for Tizen smartphones.

Do you think Samsung should bring out more Tizen-powered smartphones, or do you think the company should just focus on other things?

Phone Tizen
Load 15 comments

You might also like

Samsung’s new smart TVs are more than just content consumption devices

Samsung has been adding lots of features to its smart TVs over the past few years, but most of them were related to content consumption. Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic forced work-from-home situations, the company ensured that its TVs are more than content consumption devices. First up, Samsung added an improved Ambient Mode to its […]

  • By Asif Iqbal Shaik
  • 3 months ago

We checked out Samsung’s Tizen-powered Smart Monitor M8 at CES 2022

CES 2022 came and went, but it left us with tons of exciting products to explore and look forward to. One such product was the Samsung Smart Monitor M8. Despite its rather uninspiring name, the Smart Monitor M8 is a beast of an all-in-one monitor powered by none other than the Tizen platform. Mind you, […]

  • By Mihai Matei
  • 7 months ago

Tizen Store no longer accessible on Tizen smartphones

Although Tizen continues to be one of the largest smart TV platforms in the world, its smartphone variant hasn’t been doing particularly well. We haven’t seen a Tizen-based smartphone in forever and we’re unlikely to see one anytime soon. Now, the Tizen smartphone experience gets its final nail in the coffin. It seems that the […]

  • By Anil Ganti
  • 7 months ago

Is it time for Samsung to ditch Tizen in favor for Android TV?

Samsung unveiled its new smart TVs earlier today, and they are still running Tizen OS. Despite completely switching to Android for its phones and Wear OS for its smartwatches, the South Korean firm is still clinging to Tizen for its smart TVs and other smart home products. Is it time to pull the plug on […]

  • By Asif Iqbal Shaik
  • 7 months ago

Google’s first Wear OS 3 smartwatch almost looks like a Galaxy Watch 5

Samsung and Google joined forces earlier this year to co-develop Wear OS 3 for a new generation of smartwatches. Samsung abandoned Tizen OS for wearables in favor of Wear OS 3 as a result, but this massive change has allowed the Korean tech giant to retain some exclusivity over the new OS version. The Galaxy […]

  • By Mihai Matei
  • 8 months ago

Samsung is opening up Tizen OS to other TV brands

Samsung unveiled a lot of new stuff related to its software and services at the ongoing SDC 21 event. Alongside announcing improvements to Bixby, Samsung Health, Samsung Knox, SmartThings, and Tizen, the company also said that it is opening up Tizen OS to other TV brands. TV manufacturers can now use Samsung’s Tizen TV Platform […]

  • By Asif Iqbal Shaik
  • 10 months ago