News by Luke Jones on Tuesday August 12, 2014.
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The Samsung Galaxy Z was a device that caused plenty of interest in the MobileBurn offices when it was unveiled a few months ago. I wrote at the time that in my opinion it is one of the nicest looking devices from Samsung in a long time, while its specs were very good, and it run on Samsung's own Tizen operating system.I am sure that Tizen will eventually lead to Samsung severing ties with Google's Android and in my humble opinion the first steps of that seismic event have already started, although the eventual collapse won't come for a few years. The Tizen OS and indeed the Galaxy Z have suffered a setback today as it has been revealed that the smartphone will not be rolled out to market after-all. Samsung has killed the Galaxy Z and will instead focus on budget Tizen handsets, likely to be rolled out later in the year. The company's plan is to grow Tizen in China by offering affordable and quality handsets running the platform. That is a similar tactic to what Samsung will be doing on Android as the company targets the Chinese market. The fact that the Galaxy Z will not be arriving is disappointing, but it is also understandable that a high end smartphone simply would not be a big draw on a nascent mobile platform. Many features of a premium smartphone rely on apps, and the Tizen OS is simply too young as an ecosystem, something that is not appealing for an expensive smartphone. It is a problem that is an issue for the operating system beyond the flagship Galaxy Z and will even make budget handsets a tough sell. The entry level devices labelled SM-Z130H and SM-130E should be introduced at Samsung Developers Conference in November (San Francisco) or the Tizen Developer Conference in Shanghai, China later in the year. As for the Galaxy Z, the device is now no more, but considering Samsung was ready to launch the handset at one point, we assume there is some stock inventory lying around. We will be interested to see if Samsung re-tools the device to make it an Android smartphone, if not the Z will become something of a collector?s piece. source: IntoMobile
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at degree level before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news, as well as overseeing the site's content and direction.