Tizen users have a reason to smile today: the second installment of Imangi Studios’ popular endless running video game franchise Temple Run, Temple Run 2, is finally available on the Samsung-backed platform.
This may not come as news to users on other mobile platforms like Android where the game has been downloaded over 100 million times but it is a big deal on Tizen since one of the reasons newer platforms like Tizen end up failing to gain traction is because of the lack of popular apps that people are used to elsewhere when they eventually make the switch.
Tizen is currently the domain of a handful of entry-level smartphones from Samsung and as such much of its user base will just be happy to have access to a well-crafted game but as the platform grows, this will be a big deal for users switching to the platform from either Android or iOS where users are spoilt for choice when it comes to the apps they can download on their devices.
Currently, the Tizen Store is said to have over 2,000 apps, a far cry from the over 2 million apps available on each of the two biggest mobile app stores in the world, Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store.
Tizen already boasts of having popular social networking apps like Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp and adding a high profile developer like Imangi Studios will do wonders for its young CV as Samsung seeks to not only tap local developers in countries where it is selling its Tizen phones like Kenya but also attract the big names globally.