updated 07:59 am EST, Fri January 17, 2014
Japanese carrier claims market cannot support third mobile operating system
The first consumer Tizen device release has been stalled by Japan's largest carrier over concerns that the Japanese smartphone market cannot sustain a third mobile operating system. Plans by NTT DoCoMo to launch a device in March will now not take place, with the carrier citing a significant lack of overall growth of the market in Japan.
The carrier pointed to research by IDC Japan showing a growth of just 2.2 percent in the country from April to September 2013, reports the Wall Street Journal, with DoCoMo inferring that it needs to grow more in order for a third operating system to stand a chance against iOS and Android in the region. "The market is not big enough to support three operating systems at this time," said DoCoMo spokesperson So Hiroki.
DoCoMo is one of the key backers of Tizen, with Samsung being the operating system's most prominent supporter in releasing the NX300M camera using the platform and promising more devices in the future. Despite the potential lack of customers, Hiroki claimed that the company is continue to develop smartphones running Tizen.