Samsung to Release First Tizen Handset at Least 4 Months Late

Samsung Electronics Co., the largest maker of devices using Google Inc.’s Android software, will release its first smartphone using the Tizen operating system at least four months later than previously forecast.

The first handset will be sold through Japan’s NTT Docomo Inc. and France’s Orange SA in February, Yi Woo Bok, a principal engineer at Samsung’s software R&D Center, said in Seoul today. Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung said in March its first device using the open-source software would be released by September.

Samsung, which released the Galaxy S4 and Note 3 this year, planned a Tizen device as one of three new high-end smartphones to compete with Apple Inc. in the most-profitable segment of the handset market. Vodafone Group Plc, Intel Corp. and Huawei Technologies Co. are among companies backing the software, which can be used in mobile phones, tablet computers, televisions and cars.

“We’re trying to prepare every technology that we can come up with since it’s hard to predict how the market will change,” Yi said in an interview at the Tizen Developer Summit. “The advantage of Tizen over other competitors is that it has the best technology to make devices more compatible with each other.”

The software will support wearable devices in the future, said Mark Skarpness, director of systems engineering at Intel’s Open Source Technology Center.

Samsung sold about 120 million handsets in the third quarter for a 28.7 percent market share, researcher Strategy Analytics said Oct. 29.

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