SOUTH KOREA – Samsung electronics co. has announced its plan of releasing new range of smartphones in Russian and Indian market. The new range will feature the Samsung’s homegrown mobile operating system, called TIZEN.
Officials at Samsung, when contacted, denied to make any comment on the news officially. But it’s been few years since Samsung is working on Tizen operating system after discontinuing the BADA OS back in mid of 2013.
People familiar with the sources at Samsung has commented that Samsung is going to hold an event in Moscow in coming months to launch the first commercial smartphone powered by Tizen OS. The Russian launch will be later followed by release in Indian markets.
The current hoard of Samsung smartphones are totally powered by Android and are bound to use Google services. The market analysts are taking it as Samsung’s move to shift the dependency of its phone business from Android.
The launch in Russia would be presented at an “Unpacked” event, similar to the format that Samsung uses to unveil its flagship Galaxy devices, a person told Wall Street Journal.
With this move, the South Korean giant has cleared its intention of going in direct competition with Google Inc. and Apple Inc. in mobile software and apps industry.
Samsung is not going to adapt the Tizen platform at faster and will release it in the emerging market of Asia and other developing countries where it will not go on direct competition with other big players of the market.
The second generation of Samsung wearable, Galaxy Gear 2 and Galaxy Fit, are powered by Tizen OS, and Samsung hasn’t indicated the use of Android Wear OS in its coming range of wearable in near future.
As of now, there is no news if Samsung will release the Tizen powered smartphones in the U.S. this year.