The ambitious Tizen smartphone OS project is at a void standstill. The designated operator Orange does not offer any speculations on when the phones are about to arrive in the market. Samsung Electronics is also highly tightlipped on the status of the project. The Tizen OS received introduction in a power packed event at February. The new operating system enjoyed the support from several industry leaders like Samsung, Orange, NTT DoCoMo, and Intel. The project started to take shape around two years ago.
The sequence of events and circumstances leading to the conceptualization of Tizon involved the competition between different digital service camps. The Limo Foundation and the Linux Foundation paired up to overcome their opposing entities like the Android and the Apple systems. The events led to the merging of Limo and MeeGo to provide an operating system that would cover tablets, smartphones, entertainment appliances, in-vehicle information systems, and in TVs.
However, at the MWC Demo, the OS showed some major loopholes. Yves Maitre, the device boss from Orange reverted to the criticism by confirming that things are taking shape in due course. The official also stated that the company would be shipping the first lot of Tizen smartphones by the second half of 2013. However, the status of the ambitious project seems to be in deep waters. Already 2013 is going to end in a month, and there are no signs of Tizen in the tech horizon.
Apparently, the company did some miscalculations in setting up the speculative deadline on the release of the phone. Maitre recently clarified the situation in stating that there is still a lot of development work that needs to complete. The official focused on the reassessment strategy of the company in developing the smartphone devices. The various parameters that still needed work include features, market positioning, and price points.
Speaking on the retraction of Orange from the agreement, the official explained that the first testing results were unsatisfactory. The test model was according to competing Mozilla Firefox, which also had critical performance issues in the beginning. The test results were not sufficient for Orange to believe that they have a successful business with Tizen. The official declined to comment on whether Orange would continue the association. He only clarified that top level ongoing executive discussions can bring about an effective solution.
Samsung was also very discreet in discussing the status of Tizen. The representative only reiterated the known information available on the collaboration of Samsung with Tizen Association. The spokesperson from the company also confirmed the commitment of the service to contribute to a stable telecommunications eco-system. NTT DoCoMo was unavailable for any comments on the issue.
The struggles to launch Tizen clearly imply the highly competitive mobile OSA platform market, shared by Apple and Google. Neil Mawston, the Strategy Analytics executive director pointed out that users have high engagement with their current operating systems like the Android. He pointed out that its very less likely to have an open market position to accommodate a new mobile operating system. He revealed that there has been at least two postponed attempts to launch Tizen till date.