1. My feeling is that Tizen will only ever be available for Asian-variant phones. I think Samsung would have serious sales problems if they tried to launch Tizen phones without the full Android app store behind them. I know that I would never buy a Samsung phone if I couldn’t get Google Maps, Whatsapp, etc as apps. I think people so associate Samsung with Android that they’ll get a harsh wake up call when people return phones in droves since it doesn’t have the app store.

  2. I hear you … though I was thinking Tizen potentially offers more control within their branded ecosystem of devices. That said, it is a bit of a stretch to also imagine them moving away from being THE android OEM … I think a lot of consumers would simply accept it as a matter of course though.

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