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Tizen OS-powered Samsung Z launch delayed

Samsung Z smartphone with Tizen OS Russian launch delayed
Samsung Z smartphone
The first smartphone loaded with Tizeon OS was scheduled for launch this week in Russia, but it did not show up as expected.

Samsung already managed to introduce its own mobile operating system that would compete with Apple's iOS and Google's Android, but it looks like the first Tizen-powered smartphone failed to arrive as scheduled. Last month in San Francisco, J.D. Choi, the head of Samsung's Tizen project, declared that Samsung Z will hit the Russian market in the third quarter of 2014.

Unfortunately, Thursday's event held in Moscow and aimed at Russian Tizen developers did not reveal a market-ready smartphone loaded with the company's brand new OS. Based on a Linux kernel and on the MeeGo project, Tizen OS is backed by the Linux Foundation, as well as Samsung and Intel. Smartwatches and cameras loaded with it are already on the market, but a smartphone powered by this system failed to launch earlier this year in Japan and now in Russia.

According to a statement by Samsung, quoted by The Wall Street Journal, "the smartphone will appear on the Russian market later, when we can offer our users a fullest portfolio of applications." Smartphones based on Tizen are still in the cards, but remains to be seen when will they finally launch and what impact they will have on the market.


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Codrut Nistor, 2014-07-12 (Update: 2014-07-12)