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Tizen smartphones to go global

Hyogun Lee during the Samsung Tizen Developer Conference 2017 keynote
Tizen Developer Conference 2017
Although these low-end handsets are only available in a few markets, the excellent sales recorded in India during the last two years made Samsung consider launching them in all markets. However, a time frame has not been disclosed yet.

Yesterday, Samsung's Tizen Developer Conference 2017 opened its gates in San Francisco as previously announced. The company unveiled the recently announced Samsung Z4 smartphone on US soil as well and also revealed its plans for Tizen's future.

According to senior CNET reporter Shara Tibken, a Samsung exec unveiled that Tizen "will be available to all countries in the world eventually." Right now, Tizen smartphones are widely available in India, Africa, and some parts of Asia. Samsung revealed that Tizen smartphone sales in India grew by 30 percent in 2016 compared to the previous year, while 2017 is looking great so far as well - the growth for the first part of the year is more than 100 percent.

To increase the number of Tizen apps available, Samsung introduced the Tizen Mobile Incentive Program, offering one million dollar prizes for Top 100 Tizen Store apps. Unfortunately, the company did not reveal any schedule for the launch of its Tizen smartphones in new markets.


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Codrut Nistor, 2017-05-17 (Update: 2017-05-17)