Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Jan 2014 23:42 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

NTT DoCoMo has shelved plans for a March launch of a smartphone featuring a new operating system called Tizen, dealing a blow to one of the platform's key backers - Samsung

Japan's largest mobile carrier said Friday that the Japanese smartphone market wasn't growing fast enough for it to support a third mobile operating system, a reference to Apple's iOS operating system and Google's Android, which powers the majority of Samsung's devices. In explaining its decision, DoCoMo cited research by IDC Japan showing the country's smartphone market in the April-to-September period grew only 2.2% from a year earlier.

"The market is not big enough to support three operating systems at this time," DoCoMo spokesman So Hiroki said Friday.

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catch 22
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Sat 18th Jan 2014 05:20 UTC
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Samsung is in many ways empowered by the system of subsidized phones that come with contracts. Yet, these deals give carriers enough power to thwart Samsung's plans with Tizen. So they can be content with being the largest hardware supplier of Android phones. Or blow up the system risking certain profits, for the slim chance to have their own platform which would also take the profits that come with the mobile stores too.

I'm guessing Tizen will be killed off as phone platform.

But for lovers of alt mobile operating systems, the best thing would be for Samsung ( along with Google, etc) to help blow up the current system, as it does limit phone choice.

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RE: catch 22
by moondevil on Sat 18th Jan 2014 07:11 in reply to "catch 22 "
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It never had chance, given its troubled past.

A few geeks here and there might dream of a pure GNU/Linux mobile distribution, but that is not how the telecomunications market works.

They have been trying this since the Openmoko days.

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