As I have written previously, Samsung's plans for its Tizen operating system extend far beyond the launch of the Z1, the first smartphone running the platform, which was launched yesterday. The company already has Tizen smartwatches and Tizen TVs, and the Korean giant has been detailing it rather big plans for the platform in the future.
Samsung first Tizen based smartphone has walked a long and bumpy road to release, but today the Korean company officially launched the Samsung Z1. This is of course the first ever handset to run Samsung?s own Tizen operating system, a first in what will likely be many handsets over the next few years that pull the company further away from Google's Android.
Samsung's first ever Tizen based smartphone has been in the pipeline for some time, starting as a high end device that was cancelled and then a lower end handset. That budget option has been close to launch a number of times and has been delayed, this month being the latest setback. However, Korea Economic Daily is now offering a new date for the Galaxy Z1 (SM-Z130H), with the device not pencilled in for January 18, 2015.
Samsung's first ever Tizen has been close to launching for months, it was expected in November when Samsung explained itself as to why the company has taken so long to release the device.
We told you back in September that Samsung's first Tizen powered smartphone would be landing in November, but it now seems that the handset will arrive this month instead. Samsung has taken its time getting its operating system to market, with plenty of false dawns through the year, but now the first device will be coming.
The Samsung Gear S shifted 10,000 units during its first day on sale in South Korea, a decent amount for a smartwatch, although it is worth noting that the country is Samsung's home territory. The 3G modem packing, call making wearable was launched back at IFA in September but is only now making its debut with carriers and retailers around the world.
Samsung's smartwatch line up is getting plenty confusing. There are now six Galaxy Gear wearable products available and the company is rolling out the latest, the Gear S, during this fall. If you are not sure which smartwatch the Gear S is then let me explain that it's the one the company launched at IFA a few weeks ago, the one that allows the user to make and receive calls without a smartphone connection.
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.
If Samsung has an idea, it makes a product for it. The Korean company already has six smartwatches in the market, but is reportedly developing a new one that will be focused on mobile payments. Obviously spurred on by Apple Watch and Apple Pay, Samsung is working on the new NFC oriented smartwatch to go alongside its numerous other efforts.
Samsung's IFA event was dominated by the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge smartphones, but the company had other things to offer too. Chief among those was the Gear S, a smartwatch we had heard about before it was launched in Berlin today. However, while Samsung loves launching a wearable, the Gear S may be the most interesting one the company has made yet.