Samsung first announced their Tizen OS touting Samsung Z early this June for a release on July 10th. However, the date has come and gone with no sign of the device. The device touted quite the specification sheet with 4.8-inch 720p HD Super AMOLED display with a quad-core processor clocked at 3.2 GHz with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage which is expandable with microSD cards up to 64GB. The device was also touted to come with an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 2.1 megapixel front facing camera. All of this is powered by a 2,600 mAh battery.
However, it seems like Samsung’s efforts to distance itself from the Android Operating System (OS) is hitting a snag. The manufacturer was supposed to launch the device in Russia last week but no device was seen. Instead, the manufacturer only made promises to bring the Tizen OS powered device to the consumer market later this year. The main reason cited by Samsung is the lack of software or applications that are able to run natively on the Linux based Tizen OS. Samsung’s official statement states the need for a richer software experience before launch.
It comes as no surprise that Samsung is having trouble getting developers on board the Tizen OS. Very simply put, the platform is facing what BlackBerry and Windows Phone have been struggling with. The main cause for the problem: programming. With Android and iOS taking a whole chunk of the mobile market share, there is little to no motivation for developers to develop applications for other, unproven platforms. It takes time, money and energy to code or even port a new or pre-existing application to work with a new platform. This has lead to BlackBerry looking to Android for applications via the implementation of a Virtual Machine to emulate or mimic Android for applications; Something Windows Phone is rumoured to be considering.