One of the alternative mobile operating systems hoping to make its mark this year, Tizen, has just been hit with another setback. Japanese carrier NTT Docomo, one of the biggest partners in the Tizen Foundation, has just announced that it is delaying plans to launch its first Tizen smartphone, which had been set for early this year.
Interestingly, the reasons for the delay are either one of two cited by two different sources. According to a Tizen spokesman speaking to AFP, the carrier is still “developing products that would maximise the features of the Tizen” – PR talk for “slow progress in Tizen’s development”. On the other hand, another Tizen spokesperson (presumably a different one) told Engadget Japanese that Japan’s smartphone climate “has no space for three mobile OSes”.
Whether one or the other reason rings true, it is clearly a setback for Tizen and its increasingly slow development. With rumours circling last year that it may be canceled, the platform is already on version 3.0 and yet the OS still has no official device to call its own – though that is set to change with Samsung planning to hold a Tizen event during next month’s Mobile World Congress.