Samsung has just made the app store for Tizen, its alternate mobile operating system, available to 182 countries, which now includes the United States, the United Kingdom, and China, as confirmed to the Wall Street Journal.
Previously, the Tizen app store was only available to India and Bangladesh. But from just a couple of countries, the South Korean phone maker has expanded it to 182, taking Tizen to other countries such as Australia, Canada, Mexico, and Japan.The full list of countries can be found here. For now, only the apps that can be downloaded for free are listed in the marketplaces of the newly added countries.
Making the Tizen app store available to more countries could be Samsung's way of enticing developers to create more apps for the mobile operating system. Despite already attracting prominent developers to build apps for its platform, notably game maker Electronic Arts, Tizen still has not gained that many developers. Of course, Apple's iOS and Google's Android mobile operating systems both take the lion's share of the developers' attention. Most developers still favor creating apps for these two platforms because the chances of earning more are better in those two. Tizen is not alone in seeking more attention from developers, of course -- Windows Phone and BlackBerry platforms also have to make do with their limited number of collaborating developers.
And it is interesting to note that Samsung originally designed Tizen to contend with the two leading mobile operating systems in the world -- Android and iOS. But after encountering a series of hitches and delays, the South Korean tech giant decided that it would position Tizen as an alternative option to mobile phone users in emerging markets, especially those who are buying inexpensive handsets.
Despite some setbacks, Samsung had made some progress with Tizen. As a matter of fact, earlier this year, the company finally released its first Tizen-powered handset, the Z1, in Indian and Bangladesh markets. Customers can get the smartphone for less than $100 without contract, making the device a good choice for those seeking to get a smartphone that is affordable.
And there are already a number of Samsung devices that run on Tizen. Most of them are wearable devices, including the Samsung Gear S and the Gear 2. And back in January, Samsung revealed that it is planning to run Tizen on all of its smart TV devices in 2015. Now that the Tizen app store is now available globally, perhaps Samsung could see increased appreciation for its mobile operating system.
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