The title of this article was inspired by a tweet by David Dube:
— David Dube (@DavidJDube) February 23, 2014
Back in December 2012, I wrote the article, Collaborations Gone Sour – Tizen Going The Way Of MeeGo? In that article, I highlighted how I am no fan of collaborations in the mobile industry, because they just drag on and on and eventually die off. I pointed at MeeGo, Symbian Foundation (please note the difference between Symbian as run solely by Nokia before the Symbian Foundation was formed), and Limo. Tizen is an open-source, Linux-based platform having Samsung and Intel as the main promoters. It is similar to Android and once looked like a promising alternative to that. It has since lost that appeal.
This is over a year after that article of mine and Tizen still isn’t more than an insignificant speck in the smartphone ocean. Yes; Samsung has just announced that its next Gear smartwatches will be powered by Tizen OS, but what does that count in real terms?
Tizen OS on smartwatches is simply no threat to anything in the smartphone space. Yes; we may also see a Samsung smartphone running Tizen soon. But unless we see least 700,000 Tizen apps to replicate most of the existing apps in the over 900,000-strong Android ecosystem, Tizen is DOA on phones. Yes; the ability to install and run Android’s .APK files may be implemented in Tizen, but just like David Dube also has said, that would provide for little differentiation. Why exactly would anyone pick a Tizen phone over an Android phone? That is the very question that many are asking about BlackBerry 10 now.
Till the picture changes, Tizen is a mobile OS aimlessly wandering around looking for a foothold.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.