Although there may only be a few people out there waiting for any news on Tizen, I happen to be one of them. The Linux-based mobile OS project has interested me from the start, partially because it is based on Nokia’s old MeeGo/Maemo OS that I remember so fondly from a few years ago. Whatever the reason, I’m writing today with some disappointing news for Tizen fans: Apparently, Samsung won’t be putting out any Tizen powered devices until at least next year.
This news comes in direct contrast to previous reports about an end of the year launch, which only serves to make it more of a let down. Instead of releasing any new Tizen devices (or Bada phones, for that matter) this year, Samsung will instead be shifting their focus to Android and Windows Phone 8 devices.
Now, I’m eager to see the newest Android and especially Windows Phone 8 devices later this year, but not necessarily at the expense of Tizen. Even though it seems more geared to budget and mid-range devices, any Linux-based mobile OS that has the potential to be more open than Android (and even run Android apps) has my attention. With the constant delays and lack of news about Tizen, though, I’m beginning to become concerned that the project may die before it even gets released, which is why I hope that Samsung can get something out the door as soon as possible.[Ubergizmo]