Samsung had planned to release the first smartphone running the Tizen OS, the Samsung Z, with a roll out in Russia. Tizen is an open source, Linux-based system that the South Korean company is backing to challenge dominant smartphone software players Google and Apple.
Tizen would have been a good move if Samsung could have done it by now, Chau said, because the company has the scale to convert its existing feature phones without directly competing against Android.
"The ship for adding another ecosystem may have already sailed," she added.
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