Samsung Electronics Plans to Launch More Tizen Smartphones This Year

A man walks at the Samsung Electronics' headquarters in Seoul January 7, 2015. (PHOTO CREDIT: Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji)
A man walks at the Samsung Electronics’ headquarters in Seoul January 7, 2015. (PHOTO CREDIT: Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji)

Leading smartphone maker Samsung Electronics Co Ltd plans to launch more handsets running on its own Tizen operating system later this year, a person with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Monday.

Samsung will launch several Tizen smartphones at varying prices, the person said without disclosing other specifications.

The person declined to be identified due to the sensitivity of the matter.

A spokeswoman for the South Korean firm declined to comment.

Samsung aims to build its own ecosystem through Tizen, which powers its smartwatches and premium television sets. But the firm needs more handsets running on the system to expand its user base and attract third-party developers, analysts say.

The company launched its first Tizen smartphone, the Z1, in India in January and has since been selling the device in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. It has sold 1 million Z1s so far in India, the world’s third-biggest smartphone market.

The Z1 was the best-selling smartphone in Bangladesh in January-March, researcher Counterpoint said in a May report.

SOURCE: Reuters

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