Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Jul 2014 21:57 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Samsung has delayed its first Tizen phone yet again (this one).

The official launch was to come at Thursday's event for Tizen developers in Moscow, complete with market-ready products. But, in an echo of Samsung's most recent failure to launch a Tizen smartphone - in Japan earlier this year - the launch was canceled just days earlier.

Samsung provided no concrete date for the rollout of the commercial version of the phone at the developer summit but said in a statement Thursday that "the smartphone will appear on the Russian market later, when we can offer our users a fullest portfolio of applications".

While few people will care about this delay, there is one small group to whom this will be devastating news.

In all seriousness, nobody - not even Samsung itself - sees Tizen as a serious option or competitor to Android, and this news only serves to make that even clearer. Certain people keep trying to posit Tizen as some sort of huge threat to Android or as a sign that Samsung is seriously considering dumping Android (presumably thereby crippling Android and Google), but anyone with even the remotest bit of sense realises this makes about as much sense as a software patent.

No amount of wishful thinking is going to make Tizen happen.

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Tizen is "Oppose Qualcomm Forever"
by jphamlore on Sat 12th Jul 2014 21:48 UTC
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Go to the Tizen Association web site and read the white papers. One will discover that it was both Intel and Samsung who spearheaded the project.

Now recall what other project Intel and Samsung were huge partners in:

Tizen isn't the anti-Android or anti-Google. Tizen is the continuing Intel and Samsung-led alliance "Oppose Qualcomm Forever" that also has drawn in various Japanese corporations.

Here's what the Tizen Association is really afraid of: If everything in the future is really going to be connected and networked, then it will probably be done through the wireless cellphone network. And since Qualcomm has taken such a huge lead on LTE, it is not difficult to imagine a possible future where everything connected has to have Qualcomm chips in it. And Qualcomm designs their own ARM SoCs.

I wrote the following about a year ago about what Tizen actually is.

"Here's a list of members of the Tizen Association:

Now if people had just been paying attention to what I have been saying for years, a lot of these names would look familiar and would be expected? What's the connection between these companies and why is one company not on the list? It's simple to anyone who knows computer history.

Tizen appears to be the OSF of the 2010s. As in the joke that OSF meant "Oppose Sun Forever" back when everyone in the Unix world was afraid Sun was going to establish a hegemony. They should call Tizen OQF because its membership list appears to be a who's who of "Oppose Qualcomm Forever."

Here's an easy example explaining the names:

"The fractious on-again, off-again love affair between NTT DoCoMo, Fujitsu and NEC has taken another turn. After dissolving a partnership to build a common LTE platform that included Samsung and Panasonic ..."

What an AMAZING coincidence that ALL FIVE of NTT DoComo, Fujitsu, NEC, Samsung, and Panasonic are all members of the Tizen Association. And who'd have possibly guessed that Intel and Sprint from WiMAX and Huawei would be in an association of companies that have an interest in LTE solutions beyond Qualcomm's?"

Edited 2014-07-12 21:57 UTC

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