It was fun while it lasted. I mean, while it was being worked on. Or while we thought it was being worked on. Okay, let me start again. Tizen, a mobile operating system that for all intents and purposes is not yet alive, is “almost dead”.
That’s according to Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin, who just happens to be one of the most respected names in the industry, with ties and sources… well, everywhere. True, he’s been known to miss the mark with some rumors before, but all in all his track record as a “leaker” of classified information is impressive.
Murtazin’s claims come just hours after another Tizen-related report emerged online, saying the first device developed on the platform by Samsung was going to come out during the last quarter of 2013.
Well, that’s wrong, if we are to trust the Eastern European journalist, who says Sammy will likely launch just one Tizen-based device… in 2014. The project as a whole is essentially canceled, which to be frank doesn’t come as a shocker.
I mean, honestly, it’s about sticking to what you know best and estimating your potential at its true value. Were Samsung and Intel, the founding fathers of Tizen, ever going to compete against Google’s Android with this?
Highly unlikely and, even if by a miracle such a thing was going to happen, it would have required time and money. A lot of time and even more money. Which are much better spent elsewhere. Like on another secretive “Intel connected project” based on Android and that Murtazin describes as “more interesting in all ways”. Translation: hardware, not software.
Meanwhile, it will still be interesting to see if Tizen will disappear altogether. After all, it is an open-source ecosystem and several other OEMs besides Samsung have expressed their interest, so maybe they’ll further develop it and make it big. As big as Android. Nah, still not a chance in hell that can happen.
Heck, I’d even be surprised if someone could make Tizen (or Firefox OS, for that matter) as big as Windows Phone. Or BlackBerry. It’s just too much work.