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Samsung closes the Tizen Store, one of the last leftovers of its Android alternative

Samsung is gradually abandoning Tizen, its operating system. The firm takes a new step in early 2022 by closing the Tizen Store. As of June 2021, only already registered users could download already purchased apps. This is no longer possible. Tizen, like Bada, was one of Samsung’s attempts to break free from Android and Google addiction.

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For more than 10 years, we have lived in mobile telephony, a situation of duopoly. Apple iOS on the one hand. Google Android the other. No other operating system has succeeded in changing this. Even very large companies have failed to create an alternative ecosystem. One of the best known examples is Windows Mobile (or Windows Phone, depending on the version) from Microsoft. This operating system benefited from very good momentum after the acquisition in 2013 of Nokia’s smartphone activity by the Redmond firm. But it did not last.

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Another example of a failed attempt: Tizen, an operating system developed by Samsung and Intel based on Bada (another mobile OS from Samsung). Based on a linux core, Tizen was unveiled in 2012. First introduced in Smart TVs and connected watches (Galaxy Gear and Galaxy Watch), Tizen even animated a few smartphones: the Z, Z1, Z2, Z3 and Z4. All released in India with varying degrees of success. And all have been criticized on their price, especially vis-à-vis the competition on Android.

Samsung closes the Tizen Store, it is no longer possible to download applications

Samsung has therefore abandoned the idea of ​​replacing Android in its smartphones. the Samsung z4, released in 2017, is the latest in a short line. And all associated services are gradually being closed. Latest service: the application store. the Tizen Store was closed at the start of 2022even for existing users. This means that you will no longer be able to download the applications that you have purchased there.

Since June 2021, the Tizen Store was already extremely limited. First, the shop no longer accepted new users. Only those who were registered before that date could still connect. In addition, payments were disabled. It was therefore no longer possible to buy new applications, only to recover those already acquired in the event of deletion on the phone.

Until 2020, Tizen’s career in connected watches and Smart TVs was going well. Galaxy Gear users, launched under Android Wear in 2013, had even been forced to install Samsung’s proprietary OS on their watches in order to continue installing applications. But, in 2021, the firm is once again changing its mind and adopting Wear OS 3.0 from Google, with a first joint creation: the Galaxy Watch 4. It is therefore not certain that Tizen will survive much longer in smartwatches. of the firm.

Source: Tizen Help

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