Samsung revealed on Monday that it will be pushing back the launch date of its Tizen-based Samsung Z phone in Russia.
The company shared the following statement regarding the phone’s postponement:
“To further enhance the Tizen ecosystem, Samsung plans to postpone the launch of Samsung Z in Russia. Samsung will continue to actively work with Tizen Association members pursuing to further develop both Tizen OS and the Tizen ecosystem.”
Despite Samsung’s success as one of the world’s most valued smartphone manufacturers, the company has been dependent on Google’s Android. This is what makes Tizen so integral to Samsung – because it is its very own operating system. Tizen’s success means Samsung can carve out its own niche outside of Android. While the company’s Galaxy Gear smartwatches already utilize Tizen, it has yet to make its way onto smartphones.
Earlier this year, NTT Docomo, a Japanese phone network, shunned Tizen. Apparently, the Japanese mobile phone market can’t handle all three platforms – Android, iOS, and Tizen.
Originally announced earlier this year in San Francisco, the Samsung Z was supposed to make an appearance at a Tizen developers conference in Russia. Unfortunately, Samsung was only able to present prototypes.
“The smartphone will appear on the Russian market later, when we can offer our users a fullest portfolio of applications,” the company said in a statement to the Wall Street Journal. From this, it seems possible that Samsung is feeling uneasy about a possible lack of supporting apps for their new OS.
At this rate, Russia might have to wait until next year for the launch of the smartphone, according to technology analyst Eldar Murtazin.