Huawei slams Samsung’s Tizen, wants nothing to do with the OS

Saqib Shah
August 26, 2014

Huawei has chipped in with its two cents on some of the new operating systems currently clambering for its attention. As it turns out, it’s not a fan of Samsung.

“Tizen has no chance to be successful,” Richard Yu, head of Huawei’s consumer business group, stated quite bluntly to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

Yu added that the company has monitored other options aside from Google’s Android in a bid to move away from the all-consuming OS.

“We have worries about Android being the only option, but we have no choice, said Yu. “We have a good collaboration with Google.”

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The Samsung Z will be the company’s first Tizen phone

Huawei isn’t just put off by Tizen either, it also dislikes Windows Phone.

Speaking in regard to the company’s experience with building Windows Phone devices, Yu claims that Huawei lost money on the handsets and has since put them on hold.

“Even for Windows Phone, it’s difficult to be successful,” Yu told WSJ.

The battle of the operating systems is heating up once again, with new platforms keen to get recognition and Android and iOS both rolling out major upgrades this year.

Unfortunately for Samsung its Tizen OS has fallen behind of late. The company has done itself no favours by releasing its only on its underwhelming  Gear range of smartwatches and some of its smart TVs. Delaying the release of the first Tizen smartphone – the Samsung Z, has also done the company no favours.

Android on the other hand has an 80% market share, with Samsung as the world’s largest Android device maker.


About the Author

Saqib Shah

Tech/gaming journalist for What Mobile magazine and website. Interests include film, digital media and foreign affairs.

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