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Samsung’s First Tizen Smartphone Won’t Launch in Japan After All

by Jacob Kleinman | January 17, 2014January 17, 2014 3:00 pm PST

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Samsung’s best hope for launching its first Tizen-powered smartphone was squashed yesterday when Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo announced it won’t support the open-source OS despite previous claims that it would do so. Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, the carrier expressed doubts that the new platform can compete with iOS and Android in today’s market.

“The market is not big enough to support three operating systems at this time,” an NTT DoCoMo representative So Hiroki told WSJ.

After failing to unveil its first Tizen smartphone last year, Samsung was expected to ship the first devices running the HTML5-based OS in the first half of 2014 after unveiling the mysterious handset at Mobile World Congress next month in Barcelona. But without NTT DoCoMo’s support, the South Korean company may be scrambling to secure new partners or even heading back to the drawing board entirely.

Tizen is expected to eventually power everything from digital cameras to smart TVs and laptops, but Samsung’s plan to launch its own OS has faced multiple delays. One day the South Korean company may have a platform to challenge Android, but for now its future is uncertain.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...