“Tizen has no chance to be successful” That pretty much sums up the sentiment of Richard Yu, Head of Consumer Business over at Huawei. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Yu was very frank in saying that the small Chinese Original Equipment Manufacturer had been pressured by numerous unnamed carriers to build a smartphone running the Samsung backed Tizen Operating System (OS). In fact, there were reports which surfaced previously of the Chinese manufacturer researching the feasibility of manufacturing a Tizen powered smartphone. Yu boldly states that he shut down this efforts.
The Tizen OS has been off to a rocky start with Samsung facing problems launching its flagship Tizen device the Samsung Z which was officially announced earlier this year but has faced multiple delays; the last one indefinitely. This setback has definitely put a dent in consumer and developer confidence in the OS.
Richard Yu was, however, less brutal when it came to Windows Phone stating that the operating system has a possibility of success unlike the Tizen OS. However, he noted that it has been difficult to persuade consumers to purchase a Windows Phone device. This statement comes after Huawei invested two years dabbling into the Windows Phone space with its Ascend W line of devices which led to the company losing a substantial amount of money. This has resulted in Huawei’s decision to put all further Windows Phone projects on the back burners. News we’re sure Microsoft isn’t very happy with. [pullquote]”We have tried using the Windows Phone OS. But it has been difficult to persuade consumers to buy a Windows phone.”[/pullquote]
While the Samsung backed Tizen OS is definitely not shutting down as of yet, a statement like this coming from a manufacturer could be potentially brutal in the eventual rollout of the operating system. However, the challenge according to Yu is not creating the operating system but building the ecosystem to support it. This point is very evidently supported by the efforts of companies like BlackBerry and even Microsoft who are struggling to keep their operating systems afloat due to the lack of applications and developer interest in their platforms. Although the latter seems to be gaining traction.