Tizen and BlackBerry are already dead running platforms, but they’ve taken deadly blows that make them virtually impossible to use as an alternative to Android.
Tizen Help reports (h/t: GSMArena) that Samsung has closed the Tizen app store for smartphones as of December 31, 2021. The app store was limited to existing users from June 2021, but the closure will force even existing consumers to look elsewhere.
Tizen was by no means a popular smartphone platform, with Samsung’s Galaxy Z series of Tizen phones last released in 2017. So it’s no surprise that Samsung is going down this road, but it does mark the end of an era. The platform actually saw more success in the smartwatch arena, but the Korean manufacturer is now embracing Wear OS 3 instead.
BlackBerry also gets fatal blows
Last week also dealt another blow to those clinging to phones with alternative platforms as BlackBerry OS devices reached end-of-life status. blackberry announced that, effective January 4, 2022, legacy services for BlackBerry OS 7.1 and earlier, BlackBerry 10 and PlayBook OS will no longer be available. These legacy services include data, phone calls, emergency calls, and SMS.
Tizen and BlackBerry 10 join old Android rivals like BadaOS, Windows Phone, MeeGo and WebOS to fall by the wayside.
In fact, the only notable Android alternative still available (aside from iOS and custom ROMs) is the Sailfish OS platform. But this project is only available on a few phones and requires you to spend €49.90 (~$57) to access Android app support and firmware updates.