Richard Yu, head of Huawei’s consumer business group, isn’t particularly impressed with Samsung’s Tizen OS, and warned the Korean company’s operating system could be a costly venture.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Yu talks about the pressure put upon Huawei by Chinese carriers to release devices running Tizen. Yu revealed Huawei has explored options outside of Google’s Android OS in the past, but hasn’t found anything the company feels will be successful. In fact, Yu straight up said, “Tizen has no chance to be successful,” in the WSJ interview. That just about clears that up.
Samsung has been unable to release its own Tizen device, so it’s no surprise to see Huawei hesitant to commit to the Korean company’s OS. In July, Samsung’s Tizen phone was delayed and there have been no updates since. That could be simply because Samsung wants to spend more time fine-tuning the experience, but there are reports suggesting the company might give up on Tizen entirely.
There are other options out there for Huawei to explore, such as CyanogenMod and Windows Phone. However, Yu did tell the WSJ that Huawei has lost money on Windows Phone, so it’s unlikely the company will use Microsoft’s OS in the future.
“We have worries about Android being the only option, but we have no choice,” Yu said. “We have a good collaboration with Google.”