Apple Carrier Partner Waffles on Samsung-Backed Tizen Smartphone

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Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo (NYSE:DCM) recently announced that it was delaying the release of a Tizen-powered smartphone, in what is widely regarded as a setback for Samsung (SSNLF.PK), reports Business Korea. Tizen is a Samsung-backed open source mobile operating platform that the Korea-based company is hoping to eventually use as a replacement for Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android.

According to Japan’s SankeiBiz, NTT DoCoMo has attributed the postponement to “environmental changes in the mobile market.” Some industry watchers believe this is a cryptic reference to the carrier’s recent success with Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone.

As recently reported by Bloomberg, NTT DoCoMo recently surpassed Japan’s two other major carriers for the highest number of new subscriber additions for the first time since December 2011. NTT DoCoMo spokesperson Hiroko Shimoyama attributed the company’s recent gains to the addition of Apple’s iPhone. Before finally signing a distribution deal with Apple in September of 2013, NTT DoCoMo had been lagging its competitors in monthly subscription additions for almost two years as it focused on promoting Sony’s (NYSE:SNE) Xperia A and Samsung’s Galaxy S4.

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