Samsung has reportedly delayed the release of its first Tizen OS device, citing a number of setbacks including a need to improve the app store for its mobile operating system, which is being designed in-house by the South Korean company in a partnership with Intel. Samsung was initially expected to launch its first Tizen handset in August, but now needs two additional months, a company official allegedly told Korean website iNews24.
Speculation remains high over Samsung’s incoming mobile OS. The company is rumored to have rolled out Tizen 2.1 internally, and plans to launch its first Tizen smartphones in Europe later this year. It’s still unclear if and when Tizen will land in America, if ever.
Last month a handful of Tizen 2.1 screenshots leaked online, revealing email, browser and camera apps, and suggesting that the South Korean smartphone marker was well on its way to completing the operating system. The software is Samsung’s second attempt at an in-house OS after Bada, which launched in 2010 on the Wave S8500 and was scrapped in 2013 when Tizen development began.