Android may have already killed Samsung's Tizen OS

In today's Android roundup: A Huawei bigwig thinks that Tizen is already dead. Plus: Lemon Meringue Pie might be the official codename for Android L, and are mobile carriers clogging up Android with bloatware?

Samsung and Google have always had an uneasy relationship, and Samsung has made no secret that it would prefer to have its own mobile operating system instead of relying on Google for Android. Tizen has been touted as Samsung's answer to Android, but a bigwig at Huawei thinks that Tizen is already dead as noted by Engadget.

According to Engadget:

According to the executive, unnamed mobile networks had asked Huawei to make Tizen smartphones, but Yu feels that the platform has "no chance to be successful." It's a bit of a u-turn, since the company has previously had a research unit looking into the Samsung-made software, but Yu said that he shut it down.

On the subject of Windows Phone, Yu conceded that Huawei had spent two years losing money on its W series handsets, saying "it has been difficult to persuade customers to buy a Windows phone." That's why, at least for now, a follow-up to the promising, yet flawed W1 and W2 is off the table.

More at Engadget

Richard Yu's comments about Tizen come as no shock to anybody who understands anything about the mobile device business. As he notes in the article, it's easy to create a new mobile operating system but very difficult indeed to create a successful ecosystem around it.

Frankly, I wonder sometimes why Samsung is even bothering with Tizen. I don't see millions of Android users waking up each day waiting for word that they can buy Tizen-based phones or tablets. I suspect that most of them probably don't know what Tizen is and wouldn't care less even if they did.

Huawei might be one of the first companies to blow off Samsung's Tizen operating system, but they won't be the last. Mark my words, Tizen may already be dead and buried though it will probably take Samsung years and hundreds of millions of dollars to accept it.

I also found Yu's comments about Windows Phone quite interesting. Nobody can say that Huawei didn't try to sell them, but the bottom line is that almost nobody wants Windows Phone. It's way past time for Microsoft to admit defeat and start putting its resources into something besides desperately chasing Android. Android won, Windows Phone lost and that isn't going to change.

Come to think of it, Samsung and Microsoft are really two peas in the same pod. Both companies covet Android's market share, but neither of them has anything to offer that has any hope of dethroning Android. Yet Samsung and Microsoft both refuse to face this unpleasant reality, and they desperately cling to their own mobile schemes despite all the evidence that tells them they are wasting their time and money.

Lemon Meringue Pie might be the official codename for Android L

Android Police reports that the official codename for Android L might be very sweet indeed!

According to Android Police:

We've been wondering what the codename for the "L" release of Android would be ever since KitKat was revealed, and today it looks like we've got more evidence in support of "Lemon Meringue Pie." Thanks to our own research and a submission from reader Yuku Sugianto, we've found multiple official sources in code and documentation that list the next release as "LMP," which can only refer to the delicious baked good. At least we think so. Keep in mind that it's unlikely that Google will give the release an official name until final builds are available.

More at Android Police

Lemon Meringue Pie sounds like a great name to me for Android L. If you aren't familiar with Lemon Meringue Pie (how is that possible?), see Wikipedia's background article. All Recipes also has what looks like a delightful recipe for Grandma's Lemon Meringue Pie.

Mobile carriers and Android bloatware

Forbes has an article today that decries the infestation of bloatware on some Android devices.

According to Forbes:

But adding insult to injury, carriers and manufacturers then install “bloatware”. In return for a fee from the app developer (how much?) they will include that app as standard. I don’t particular mind about this, but what I really object to is that this bloatware cannot be removed. You are stuck with it! Picture me swearing at the phone, and shouting “You didn’t tell me when I bought the phone it was going to be hobbled!”

More at Forbes

I can understand the writer's irritation about Android bloatware. It reminds me of the days when computer manufacturers did the same thing to Windows PCs. The poor user gets stuck with a bunch of unwanted garbage that is preinstalled by default. Ugh! What a pain in the rear end!

I suppose one way around this is to only purchase Android devices from manufacturers that have a minimum of bloatware or none at all. It's the old "let the buyer beware" thing all over again. So think carefully and do your homework before you buy your next Android device. Ideally the companies that are adding bloatware will lose sales, and might eventually knock it off.

What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.

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