First Tizen OS smartphone canceled in Japan

Samsung has been trying to nurture an alternative OS, so it can stop funnelling your money through its phones into Google's pockets. But Samsung will have to wait a bit longer.

Samsung's developer conference in 2013 featured a panel on Tizen. Shara Tibken/CNET

Plans for the first Tizen OS smartphone have been cancelled as a phone network in Japan acknowledges there's no room for another player alongside Android and the iPhone.

"The market is not big enough to support three operating systems at this time," a rep for Japanese phone network NTT Docomo told The Wall Street Journal.

Docomo's Tizen phone had been set to launch in March. First glimpsed in leaked screenshots, Tizen is expected to make its public debut next month at Mobile World Congress. Currently backed by Samsung, Intel, Orange and Vodafone among others, Tizen is a long-gestating operating system destined to power cameras, TVs, laptops, cars, phones, and other gadgets.

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