Facebook has removed its core mobile apps from the Tizen Store. We are talking about mobile applications Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger, which are no longer available for installation on devices running Samsung Tizen OS. This move was announced a few months ago, so it is not unexpected.
It is worth noting that the already installed Facebook applications also stopped running on the Tizen platform. For example, when you try to open WhatsApp, a message appears stating that the device is no longer supported and you need to switch to another platform to continue using the messenger. It is noteworthy that after appearing in the Tizen Store, WhatsApp was the most downloaded application on the platform. This is primarily due to the fact that WhatsApp was the only major messenger available on smartphones with Tizen. Other Facebook apps have also featured in the platform’s most popular products list.
Considering that new smartphones with Tizen have not been released for several years, Facebook’s decision can be considered quite logical. In total, Samsung has released only four Tizen-based smartphones, the latest being the Samsung Z4, which was released in 2017. It should be said that Tizen OS has found application in many Samsung electronic products, such as TVs, home appliances or Internet of Things devices. However, the developers have not been able to realize the full potential of the platform in smartphones, mainly due to poor application support.
Despite this, smartphones with Tizen provide good performance and are relatively inexpensive, so they sell well in the markets of India, Bangladesh and South Africa. The source notes that the removal of Facebook apps worried many users. Currently, Tizen Help receives a lot of requests to return applications back. However, such an outcome is unlikely, since for Samsung and Facebook investing in the further development of Tizen is not profitable.
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