First Tizen device delayed till Q4 2013
Samsung was due to launch their first Tizen device, codenamed Redwood(GT-I8800), sometime this quarter. However, it now looks like the launch has been pushed back to the fourth quarter.
Samsung’s bid to rid itself of Android has hit a roadblock, as news suggests that its first Tizen device isn’t quite ready yet. The delay seems to be due to a development issue relating to the app store for the OS. Samsung is trying to ensure that there is a strong ecosystem of apps before launching its first Tizen handset. As such, the device might not be available until October.
Tizen is an open source operating system that uses Linux and WebKit, and its development is overseen by the likes of Intel and Samsung. Currently the latest stable release is version 2.1, code-named Nectarine.
Official announcement regarding the Tizen smartphone might come at this year’s IFA, which takes place in Berlin in September. While exact hardware is not yet known at this stage, the device would likely feature an Exynos 4412 SoC. It is rumoured that Samsung will also unveil the next generation Note, the Galaxy Note 3, at the same event.