Many smartphone makers would like an alternative to installing Android on the phones they sell. Google’s“open-source” platform has a an 85% share of the global market – a near monopoly – and there’s inherent risks to relying on a single vendor for software. But the status quo could stay this way for some time. Huawei, the world’s third largest smartphone maker by shipments, says it has no intention of installing the long-awaited Tizen OS on its phones as an alternative to Android.
Tizen is an HTML5 based mobile platform spearheaded by Samsung and a coterie of telecommunications companies including Vodafone and NTT DoCoMo. Huawei’s consumer business head Richard Yu doesn’t think much of it. “Tizen has no chance to be successful,” he told The Wall Street Journal. “We have worries about Android being the only option. But we have no choice.”
Samsung, the world’s biggest smartphone maker, has been developing Tizen as its own alternative to Android for several years and has moved ahead with plans to integrate the platform into wearables and TVs. Earlier this year Samsung invited its Gear 2 customers to switch their smartwatch’s software from Android to Tizen, promising more apps and a better battery life.
But it has yet to launch a phone that runs Tizen. Samsung was due to launch its first Tizen phone in Russia in 3Q, 2014, but cancelled the roll-out in late July to “further enhance the Tizen ecosystem.”