Samsung Z: 1st Tizen Phone From Samsung to Hit Russia in 3rd Quarter 2014
The Samsung Z is scheduled to be released in Russia by the 3rd quarter of 2014. The smartphone, Samsung’s first Tizen handset, will be featured at the ongoing Tizen Developer Conference being held at the Hilton, Union Square, in San Francisco, California. The Conference started last June 2 and will end on June 4, 2014.
Many are curious about the first commercially released Samsung smartphone using the Tizen OS, but they may have to wait some more as Samsung has decided to release it in Russia only, for now.
The electronics behemoth from Korea announced a few days ago that it will be launching its first Tizen powered smartphone in Russia by the 3rd quarter of 2014. Earlier reports said that the launching would be done by May of this year, but it is better late than never in this case. (Read about ?Samsung Tizen Smartphone Launching in Russia by May 2014: 720p Display, 1GB of RAM and 4G-LTE Connectivity? HERE) ??
The Tizen smartphone, called the Samsung Z, will be the first handset to be using the open source software, that is seen as a promising rival to Google’s Android OS. After the launch in Russia, Samsung said that distribution to other countries will follow at a later date.
So what does the Samsung Z have to offer? Here is a brief rundown:
- 4.9 inch HD Super AMOLED display
- 2.3 GHz quad core processor
- 2D and 3D graphics supported
- 8 MP rear camera and 2.1 MP front camera
- Fingerprint sensor
- Ultra Power Saving Mode
- Angular, slim design, and comes in black or gold.
Samsung revealed that their use of Tizen, enables the Samsung Z to have speedier boot-up, and allows the user to immediately multi-task without delay. Samsung adds that the Z has a ?distinctive home and application layout for easy access to favorite features and apps?… as well as a “dynamic box?. The Samsung Z also features customizable color themes to allow users to personalize their device.
Although Samsung is currently the leading maker of Android devices, the Korean company has been very open about its commitment to develop the Tizen OS, as an alternative OS for its smart devices. The use of Tizen allows Samsung more ?control? over the operating system of its devices, compared to the Google owned Android, which is developed for, and used by, a number of Samsung’s competitors as well.
The use of Tizen allows Samsung to not be completely dependent on Google’s Android, and enables Samsung to develop its own software with the Tizen platform.
The wide use of Android is also making it hard for device companies like Samsung, to differentiate their devices from other brands that use the same OS.
The Samsung Z is not the first Samsung device to use the Tizen OS. In early 2014, Samsung launched the Gear 2 smartwatch which is powered by the Tizen OS. We first reported it HERE a few months ago – ?The Next Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 to Run on Tizen, Not Android?.
Samsung also announced that they are heavily supporting the development of the Tizen app store and they are launching initiatives ( as in offering millions of dollars in rewards and funding support) to encourage developers to create apps for Tizen.
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