Samsung’s in-house operating system already helps power most of its wearable devices, but the company’s first Tizen smartphone remains out of sight. The elusive device, which was supposed to launch back in July, still hasn’t hit the market. Now a new report from the Economic Times claims Samsung could be gearing up to release a Tizen handset later this year.
The phone will apparently make its debut in India following the Diwali festival, though it won’t be the flagship Samsung Z the company teased a few months back. Instead, we’re likely to see a budget-friendly model released; while that might not sound as exciting as a high-end device, it will show us how the operating system performs and what it offers for one of the very first times. That itself is exciting.
Samsung has definitely had a tough time getting the new operating system into working condition, and for now the company seems content to lets its smartphones run Google’s Android OS instead. Based on what we’ve seen so far, Tizen actually looks pretty similar to Samsung’s modified Android software, TouchWiz, so the transition may actually pretty easy for most people. One big issue could be app availability though, which might explain all these delays.
We’re definitely not expecting Tizen to take the world by storm anytime soon, but we’re still curious to see what Samsung has been working for the past few years. Hopefully we’ll get an official look at the first Tizen phone in a little over a month from now.