During the last few days, a rumor has been slowly circulating around Chinese sites, and now it is spilling into the English Web, courtesy of IBTimes and CNet UK.
It says that Samsung may launch its next flagship – Galaxy S5, in two versions- one running the latest Android, the other with a homegrown Tizen OS.
Getting its own Galaxy S5 flagship heavily promoted by Samsung, would be a wonderful thing for the prospects of Tizen. Unfortunately, it will never happen.
As far as I could find, this rumor is completely baseless, with originating sites not even trying to claim “sources in the know”, “people who have seen the device”, “industry insiders”, or anything that would give it even a semblance of truth.
The only reason to even talk about Tizen Galaxy S5, was SGS4 developer unit with Tizen on it, which prompted speculation that Samsung may put it on SGS5 and make it a real deal. Then other fans picked this speculation up, ran with it and eventually transformed it into the “reports from China indicate…”
Could Samsung make Tizen Galaxy S5? Sure. Will it? No way.
Galaxy Sx series are reserved for Samsung Android flagships, with the latest and greatest tech Samsung has access to, packed inside. Samsung will not dilute this brand with a buggy first or second generation device on an unknown and untested OS, even if it owns the platform. And it will certainly not put “Galaxy” or “Sx” name on it.
The best Tizen can expect when it finally ships on commercial Samsung device, are somewhat high end specs circa Galaxy S4. And even that is unlikely, since Samsung is aiming Tizen towards mid to low end of the smartphone market.
Could there be a Galaxy S5 development device running Tizen 4 or 5? I am sure there will be, OEMs love to test their stuff on all kinds of equipment they have. Would such device become something more than development prototype? No way, at least until Galaxy S5 is a year old.