Samsung Electronics plans more Tizen smartphones this year: source

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“This partnership will help us drive R&D, which in turn will power innovation in the global telecommunications industry”, said Samsung Electronics executive vice president of R&D in Network Business DongSoo Park in a statement. “It stacks up equal and better with some of its neighbouring models in our portfolio”. The smartphone arrived in India with a very aggressive price tag of just Rs 5,700 ($95), which seems to have won out over the handset’s low-end specifications. It is decent for a first generation device, but Samsung’s Android devices surpass the Tizen OS in sales by 150 to 1. A roadmap for future devices that is critical for channel partners, distributors and retailers, must be provided as well.

To be sure, one million handsets sold in six months has exceeded my expectations, so credit to Samsung is due. And during that time, millions of smartphone buyers chose either Google Android or Apple iPhones, which can lead to a lock-in of sorts when it comes to apps and services.

In May, Samsung maintained its No. 1 position in the USA TV market with its market share by sales standing at 34.1 percent. A source tells Reuters that Samsung is planning to launch “several” Tizen phones with differing price points later this year.

At the event where the memorandum of understanding between Samsung and LG U+ was signed, an in-depth discussion on how the two companies will collaborate was also featured, resulting in an agreement for a “5G Readiness Target” of the year 2020. Samsung recently opened Tizen app stores in 180 countries around the world, so as to attract more applications and developers ahead of the debut of the new model.

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