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Samsung's first Tizen smartphone coming in November


News by Luke Jones on Monday September 22, 2014.

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The Galaxy Z was doomed
The Galaxy Z was doomed

We have seen plenty of false dawns for Samsung and Intel's Tizen platform. Sure, the OS has found its way to most of Samsung's Gear smartwatches, but in terms of landing on smartphones the path has been bumpier. However, the Korean company has not turned its back on Tizen and we may actually be seeing a first ever devices soon.

Well, I say the first ever device, but of course we have previously seen the ultimately doomed Galaxy Z handset. Samsung launched that device earlier in the year, a Tizen powered mid to high range smartphone that looked decent and had strong specs. However, Samsung strangely killed the device before it ever rolled out, citing a lack of demand for high end Tizen smartphones. The company said it would instead focus on affordable examples as it tries to build the ecosystem.

Samsung will now announce a more wallet friendly Tizen handset in November and apparently that device will roll out in India first. In fact, two devices could be rolled out as there are currently two model names floating around (SM-Z130E or SM-Z130H), but it does seem these are two variants of the same product.

The specs or details are not known for these devices, but they will almost certainly lack the high end design and top shelf specs of the Galaxy Z.

"We started late, but we are very focused. We are not shooting in the wild. This is a game that has to be led by the device manufacturer and not the pipe (telecom operators)," said Tarun Malik, Samsung's director of media solutions center, South West Asia.

I have stated in the past that Samsung will eventually pull away from Google and Android, especially if Tizen emerges as an OS in its own right. There have been tension between Google and Samsung this year and Tizen will only broaden the growing divide between the companies.

source: TizenExperts

 
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