Samsung’s Tizen woes continue. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the company has placed the Tizen OS-powered Samsung Z smartphone on indefinite hold. The Samsung Z was only officially announced one month ago, and was expected to go on sale in Russia later this year.
Samsung has stated that the reason for the delay was to “further enhance [the] Tizen ecosystem,” which points to the uncertain timeline for actual release. The open source, Linux-based OS has seen no end of setbacks and delays this year, with both NTT DoCoMo and Orange pulling support. While Samsung has been able to successfully release a handful of Tizen smartwatches, it also hasn’t won them any favours with Google.
It’s hard to see how Samsung hopes to enhance the Tizen ecosystem any time soon. Platforms require apps and services to attract customers, but developers require device penetration and marketshare before they’re willing to commit. If Samsung can’t find a way to build Tizen momentum soon, the platform could be the next thing the company has to postpone indefinitely.