Samsung is yet to announce its Tizen smartphone, which was originally supposed to be released this year. As it stands, the device has been delayed to early 2014. It is rumored that Samsung delayed its launch so as to refine the Tizen OS more. The company’s first Tizen device is going to be a camera, and it might even launch a Tizen powered smart fridge before it launches the smartphone. That said, the latest reports coming in from Korea suggest that the country’s carriers have already started testing a prototype Tizen smartphone that Samsung has provided.

While this doesn’t reveal in any way when the company’s first commercially available Tizen smartphone is going to be released, it does indicate that things are going along nicely. Korean carriers might be the first ones to receive the device when it is released, so it makes sense that Samsung’s allowing them to test out a prototype on their network. Unfortunately, not much is known about the prototype itself, there’s no word on its specifications or design. It was also rumored recently that NTT DoCoMo, one of the largest carriers in Japan, is pushing Samsung to release its Tizen smartphone in early 2014. As of now, the Korean manufacturer has not confirmed when we can expect to see the device next year.

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