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Samsung's Tizen Tops BlackBerry as Fourth Largest Mobile Platform

News by Luke Jones on Thursday November 05, 2015.

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Samsung received some huge news today as it was revealed the company's own Tizen platform as overtaken BlackBerry as the fourth largest mobile platform on the market. That is according to Strategy Analytics (which is always right by the way), with Samsung's OS apparently surpassing BlackBerry during the third quarter running June 1 through September 30.

It is massive news for Samsung because the company has only had smartphones running the platform for this year, and it was a single smartphone, the Z1. However, these are some other budget smartphones in India running the platform and actually Tizen is now the second most popular platform on the Sub-Continent.

It is not a huge surprise BlackBerry has slipped even further, the company has been in decline for some time, and while the new Priv flagship smartphone will likely boost hardware sales, it will not help the BB platform... it runs Android.

As or Tizen, its humble start is clearly going well, and I know from a source within Samsung that the company has huge plans for this platform. Created when Samsung and Google (the chief Android collaborators) were going through a lovers tiff, Samsung has continued to embrace Tizen even though relations with Google have improved again.

Inside the company there is very real aspirations for Tizen to grow into something big that allows Samsung to largely break out on its own. While the company is unlikely to leave Android entirely, the company likes Apple's control of iOS and wants its own level of control over its own destiny. If Tizen continues to grow, expect to see Samsung turn the majority of its products to the platform over the coming years.

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