Samsung’s senior vice president of product strategy Yoon Han-Kil recently sat down with Reuters to discuss the current market conditions and some of Samsung’s plans for the rest of the year. Yoon touched on several areas, like Samsung’s plans in the smartwatch market, the new Galaxy Note, and what the company plans to do with Tizen moving forward.
Samsung has been working on building Tizen smartphones for a while now, but has so far been unable to get any on the market due to “poor market conditions.” That’s going to change this year, Yoon said, when Samsung releases two Tizen-powered smartphones. They may not be built to compete with Android, however. “We have changed our strategy and will release the phones in a few countries where we can do well,” Yoon told Reuters. Yoon said Samsung will still focus on Android but will release both high-end and mid-range Tizen smartphones.
Tizen is already used to power Samsung’s new smartwatch products, but the company is also going to dabble with Android Wear, Google’s smartwatch platform that LG and Motorola have already signed on for, though no details were provided. Meanwhile, Yoon suggested that Samsung actually wants to work to make its Tizen-powered devices compatible with Android smartphones made by other OEMs.
Finally, Yoon also told Reuters that Samsung will use a “new form factor” for the next Galaxy Note, presumably the Galaxy Note 4, which it hopes to sell during the second half of this year – likely in time for the holidays.