Following numerous delays, Samsung and its partners may finally unveil the first consumer-ready Tizen smartphone in February one day before Mobile World Congress kicks off. IT News reports that email invitations to the event were sent out today, teasing “an exclusive sneak preview of the newest Tizen devices” on Feb. 23 in Barcelona, Spain.
There’s no guarantee that these mysterious new Tizen devices will include a smartphone, but after failing to bring the mobile OS to market in 2013, Samsung is under pressure to unveil something to the public early next year. The first Tizen phone was initially expected to launch late this year, but was reportedly pushed back to CES 2014 in January. Now it sounds like we may have to wait until February instead.
Samsung, Intel and a group of backing companies have been talking up Tizen for a while, but for now the HTLM5-based OS is still only running on a few developer devices and one digital camera. Considering how well the South Korean tech titan has done with its line of Android devices, the company obviously isn’t in any rush to launch a competing operating system, but that doesn’t mean we’re not eager to see what the new software can do.