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Has Samsung discontinued its Tizen smartphones?

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?

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Celso09
Celso09

The Tizen problem is the same as Windows Mobile: applications. Only the Samsung Experience (formerly TouchWiz UX) is not enough, and the public, however less familiar with smartphones it may be, knows very well to identify a device that runs Android (and therefore has the Google Play Store) and one that does not run. which can quickly be a nuisance to anyone who has felt unaware). I always looked at Tizen as a stubborn Samsung, who did not accept the end of Bada. With the declining wearables market (although it is the only one where Tizen is still competitive) smart… Read more »

kaku85
kaku85

i still have the OG Samsung Wave with BADA, just need a new battery

dwin89
dwin89

same here…

locarno
locarno

They replaced Tizen with Android Go phones.

fcaroll
fcaroll

Android is such a mess as an OS, i think any attempt at making something better is always welcome

Gunter2
Gunter2

Definitely agree. It might happen one day but not very soon.

Biransahin
Biransahin

I’ve never used a Tizen phone, but of course my QLED TV, smartwatch, and connected home appliances are all Tizen based. Maybe with so many resources going into the new S10/Note10, 5G, and of course the foldable phone, Tizen may be just taking a back seat for the moment.

Gunter2
Gunter2

I also use Samsung connected home devices . Very popular in Germany. Yes, they could be taking a break for more important projects or maybe have given up on the phones. As they have made no official statement we shouldn’t guess that they have given up. Remember all the silly speculation about the Galaxy Watch being Android Wear? It was so obviously a stupid rumour as the watch runs all the connected Tizen products in the home. But many websites actually took it seriously without thinking about how impractical and totally unlikely AW would be able to work in the… Read more »