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Samsung Executive Expects Galaxy S5 to Sell “Much Better” Than S4, Says Tizen Phones Coming Soon

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 has only been on sale a single weekend, but Samsung executives are already looking toward the future. Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung’s product strategy team, spoke to Reuters about the GS5′s likely sales performance and the near-future debut of Tizen smartphones.

Yoon expects sales of the Galaxy S5 to be “much better” than the Galaxy S4, predicting Samsung will sell “significantly” more than 10 million units within the first month of availability. The S5 launched in double the number of countries as the S4, and circumstantial evidence from phone retailers Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4u is already supporting Yoon’s claim – both businesses reported record sales over the weekend.

Looking ahead, Yoon said Samsung was working to introduce at least two smartphones running Tizen later this year. One, a high-end model, is projected for release sometime during Q2, while a cheaper handset aimed at developing countries would launch after. Yoon reaffirmed that, despite Samsung’s commitment to Tizen, the company considered Google a strong partner and that Android “still needs to be [Samsung's] main business.”

We know a few of you added to these sales numbers, so let us know if you are still content with your purchase below in the comments.

Update: Yoon also said Samsung intends to launch a Galaxy Note with a new “form factor,” but didn’t elaborate. Let the speculation commence!

Via: Reuters
  • mrcamillo

    Tizen may last a week loger than Bada OS.. Too soon?

    • mrcamillo

      *Longer, that is..

  • fritzo2162

    Of course he said that. What did you expect him to say? “I don’t think we’ll sell very many S5′s at all!”

  • Guest

    I can tell you as a consumer who currently has 8 Android devices (5 of them from Samsung) that if they stick to this Tizen $hit, I will no longer support them! I am currently having nothing but problems with their Gear 2 smartwatch. My Gear 1 almost runs circles around my Gear 2 in functionality, so I have ABSOLUTELY NO PLANS OF BUYING ANY MORE TIZEN GARBAGE!!!!!!!!!!

    If anyone has tried connecting a Gear 1 after already running a Gear 2 w/Tizen they can tell you that it is a true PAIN IN THE A$$ to get the Gear 1 connected back again. Sometimes it takes 45 min to an hour (literally) to re-connect the Gear 1, having it give “connection failed/timed out” errors repeatedly. It takes so
    long that it starts to even run the battery down with connection attempts on the Gear 1, so I have to make sure to plug it in when trying to reconnect, otherwise by the time it does there would hardly be any juice left in the damn thing! The Gear Manager has to keep uninstalling and reinstalling/restoring itself because it’s going from Tizen back to Android and it’s not a smooth transition by any means. Going from Android to Tizen is a little easier, but not when going the other way (going back to Android).

    Samsung needs to really leave well enough alone, and dump their bright-ass ideas of recreating the wheel with this Tizen BULL$HIT. Of course you also better not look for any of your favorite Android apps on your Tizen devices any time soon because I don’t see ANY of the old apps I used when on my Gear 1.

    Buyers Beware!

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  • Blue Sun

    Tizen… (eye roll).

  • Maxim∑

    Samsung lies all the time, I hope we get the number SOLD not SHIPPED

    One day Samsung will leave Android and go to tizen, I wouldn’t be surprised if that company backstabs Google

    • guest

      For samsung, devices SHIPPED are SOLD numbers. I’m not gonna start explaining why…

    • pyro74boy .

      What is it that Samsung lies about? they have been nothing but honest with me. Also Samsung is not going to be leaving the Android space any time soon because there’s to much much money to be made with Android. Samsung would be fools if they ever did stop making devices running the Android O.S because they would lose so much money.

  • Mordecaidrake

    I almost feel bad for Samsung, if they switch to Tizen people will stop buying their products. “What do you mean all the money I spent on this platform doesn’t transfer over”, “Why isn’t this app that I use daily is no longer available?”. Stupid.

  • Ryan N

    “People seem to like this product and software. Let’s improve on it and next time leave out the undesirable features” – Android Mindset

    “This thing that was working, and allowed us to establish the name we have… Let’s ditch it for something half-baked of our own. People will still buy it.”
    -Samsung Mindset

    “… People will buy it.” -Apple Mindset

    Looks like in this case the fat lady is named SAMantha, and she has SUNG.

    • BillySuede

      that would be correct if samsung suddenly up and decided the note 4 and galaxy s6 were going to be tizen-based. otherwise, this is much ado about nothing.

  • Droid Ronin

    I don’t know why Samsung is driving this Tizen movement. Microsoft has been pushing Windows phone for a while now and it still hasn’t really taken off as well as they wanted to.

    • EC8CH

      drunk on marketshare

      • michael arazan

        To grow big tree, must need strong roots. Samsung will see what happens when they cut their roots

    • rawr

      More to do with misguided strategy (a push from their business unit and not tech unit most likely). Windows 8 is like Windows Vista. Once they clear house and rehire the XP, Windows 7 guys, their software will become highly used again.

      • mustbepbs

        Windows 8 gets far too much flack. Windows 8.1 is highly usable, brings a lot of needed changes and sings on older hardware. It definitely is NOT anywhere near the trainwreck that was Windows Vista.

        • PoisonApple31

          Windows 8 is just like Windows 7, except you have a start screen instead of a start menu. Windows 8.1 made the start screen more user friendly for desktop users. Damn it replied to the wrong person!

          • rawr

            If it was more people would use it. Boutiques still offer 7 because 8′s issues and forced touch screen menus.

            Keyboard/Mouse is superior for everything on desktop. Any OS that isn’t built around that knowledge will fail.

          • mustbepbs

            There’s nothing forced on you, especially the start screen. You can boot right into the desktop and forget all about the start screen. Plus, with Update 1, you’ll be able to forget about the start screen anymore. You just sound butt hurt.

          • PoisonApple31
          • rawr

            The startup button is still the same start screen in 8, you M$ fans are kidding yourselves if you think 8 went well or will ever go well.

            And to the person talking about surface pro, pretty sure I just mentioned non-touch screen.

          • PoisonApple31

            It won’t be as successful as XP or 7 – but it is nothing like Vista – the OS works fine, it’s the user interface that people question. Windows 7 took the Windows Vista user interface. Many businesses are first getting around to putting their computers on Windows 7 now. Windows 8 is barely on the radar.

          • rawr

            It will be skipped for 9 or even 10 (in the bigger companies that move at a snails pace).

          • Jkdem85

            my surface pro is a beast, love windows 8…literally 0 complaints with the device

          • PoisonApple31

            The problem is people use the internet. As soon as some dude said Windows 8 is just like Windows Vista, everyone thought it was true. It’s not even close. Not to mention who wants to pay to upgrade to Windows 8? Might as well just wait until you buy a new computer. This reminds of me of the people who spoke up about Xbox One not coming with physical discs! They whined and cried, how are we going to resell our games? Microsoft had a plan for that, but no one cared. Now I have to have my stupid disc in the drive to recognize game even though each game must be installed to the hard drive. That is not next gen – that is the same BS on Xbox 360 all over again.

          • John Davids

            Microsoft agrees with you which is why every update to Windows 8 since it’s launch has been a systematic rollback of forcing people into a touch-optimized environment. Update 1 last week was near exclusively addressing KB/M issues in 8. Win 8.1 with Update 1 is the final polish that was needed to allow KB/M Win7 users to migrate.

        • hkklife

          It may “sing” on older hardware but it’ll sound like a castrato since 99% of the devices released prior to 2011 don’t even have legit/full Win 8 drivers available. Case in point:

          I recently took a very late production Core 2 Quad Q9550 P45-based system at work with 8GB RAM and a fast SSD/HDD combo and it ran Win 8 VERY well but there were no Windows 8 drivers available for its onboard Ethernet or audio other than the barebones MS-provided ones. Same for 3 out of the 4 wireless cards I tried with it. The situation is even worse on laptops of that era because otherwise very capable hardware is abandoned due to lack of fully functioning drivers. I remember buying an Intel P35 motherboard in mid-late 2008. Less than a year when Win 7 launched, Intel determined that that board was ready to be prematurely abandoned and only released Win 7 NIC drivers but not audio. That was the final Intel-branded product I ever bought, other than a few SSDs.

  • AbbyZFresh

    Why is Sammy still attempting this Tizen stuff. It will not succeed.

    There’s no reason to be leaving behind a successful line of phones you’ve built using Android Samsung.

    • BillySuede

      who said they are?

    • Pratik Holla

      They are getting cocky. They think just because they have the eyes of millions of people, they wont notice the lack of the play store, or google maps, or gmail. It sucks because touchwiz has so much that needs to be cleaned up and polished and they are splitting themselves too thin.

  • The Narrator

    I hope Tizen dies a fiery death.

    • MettaWorldTroll

      Competition drives innovation, just remember that.

      • EC8CH

        yeah but, only if it’s good competition.

    • Bob

      TIZEN == FACKWORS

    • crazed_z06

      Why? What did Tizen do to you?

      • Mark Aaron Collado

        im guessing that other people are feeling betrayed? samsung did help put android on the map.

        • Kevin

          lol at Samsung put Android on the map. You’re so uninformed.

        • Natty Bee

          You mean Android helped put Samsung on the map? There’s an article around somewhere which explains how it was the Motorola Droid which saved not only Motorola, but Android, giving Android that BIG BOOST it needed.

          It was Android that put Samsung in their current position of being the smartphone leader…

      • michael arazan

        Tizen seems to have Touched people inappropriately

    • Kevin

      Samsung should also die a fiery death.

      • http://androidforums.com/members/kwest12.html kwest12

        K.