SEOUL (Reuters) – Global smartphone leader Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is planning a new product launch next year based on its own Tizen operating system, the South Korean giant’s strategic push to free itself from Android and blaze its own software path.

But after years of development and a handful of Tizen-powered smartwatches and cameras, the only product confirmed for a 2015 launch so far is a TV set.

While that may impress designers of smart homes, Samsung’s failure to release a handset based on its own operating system is fuelling skepticism about its ability to build a meaningful software alternative to Apple Inc’s iOS and Google Inc’s Android in the all-important mobile sector.

“To be honest the software that Samsung has made on its own so far have not been very good … I have not yet seen anything to suggest that Samsung has become competitive in the software space,” said Lee Min-hee, analyst at brokerage IM Investment and Securities… see more

source: businessinsider