News by Andrew Kameka on Friday January 10, 2014.
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Samsung has confirmed long-running suspicions that Tizen, its long-delayed operating system developed with Intel, will not launch in the United States. Samsung has always said that Tizen was geared more for emerging markets as its top priority, so outsiders expected the US market to be a bit player once the OS eventually found its footing elsewhere. Ryan Bidan, Samsung's director of product marketing in the US, now says that it's unlikely that will change at any point in 2014. In an interview with FierceWireless, Bidan explained:
"We don't feel the U.S. is a great test market for those kinds of products. The U.S. market is pretty mature. Bringing a new entrant here that doesn't meet a certain performance bar would be a challenge. Recognizing that, we don't want to set ourselves up for failure."
Tizen is expected to launch this spring in parts of Asia and Europe, but Samsung appears to have no intention in bringing a Tizen product to the US. However, that doesn't mean any American interested in the operating system won't be able to eventually see the product. US carrier Sprint is a member of the Tizen association, so there's an outside chance it could encourage another OEM in the group to produce a Tizen phone for the US market.source: FierceWireless
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.