Even though Samsung launched Tizen, its very own operating system, almost three years ago, there are only a handful of devices powered by this platform. Tizen was successfully used in several smartwatches but as far as smartphones are concerned, there are only two of them – the Samsung Z1 and Z3. Scratch that – there were two, since today a new member is joining the Tizen family. The manufacturer just unveiled the Z2, a new Tizen phone featuring 4G internet speeds and Jio applications.
When Samsung launches a new device, most of us probably assume that it belongs to the popular Android Galaxy family before learning its name, since it’s the company’s most popular series. Guess what? Samsung just released a new phone and it’s not a Galaxy. In fact, it’s not even an Android phone. It’s a Tizen phone called Z3 and it hit the market in India equipped with Galaxy S3 hardware, a phone dated from 2012.
Samsung has a reason to be proud and celebrate. The first smartphone running Tizen, the Samsung Z1, was launched in January in India and within ten days over 50 thousand units were sold. Six months later that number increased to one million. No wonder that the manufacturer has big plans for its platform. According to the rumors, the next Samsung smartphone running Tizen OS will be called Samsung Z3 SM-Z300H and may go official pretty soon.
Although the beginnings of Tizen date back to September 2011, the platform hasn’t been used in many devices so far. Developed by Samsung, the Linux-based system found its way to a few smartwatches, a couple of cameras, and a handful of other devices, among which is just one smartphone – the Samsung Z1. It may change soon, though. According to the latest rumors, Samsung may launch a new smartphone shortly with new version of Tizen out of the box. Live photos of the device, most likely called Samsung Z2, have just leaked out.
Samsung has been promising its customers a Tizen phones for a very long time. However, every time we thought that the release was about to happen, something unexpected always came up and in the end the device failed to materialize. Don’t worry, though. It appears that Samsung finally got its act together and earlier today launched in India the Z1 Tizen smartphone touting phone’s fast boot time, web performance and battery efficiency.
When Samsung didn’t present the Samsung Z phone, the very first Tizen smartphone, at the Tizen developers summit in Moscow last week, we were a little bit disappointed but definitely not very staggered. Let’s be honest, thanks to the series of the Z’s hold-ups, we got used to the fact that the company has a big problem with timing. But to our great surprise, the phone actually made its appearance during the conference introducing its golden version.
Samsung has been feeding us with empty promises on launching its first Tizen phone, for at least a year. Announced in June, the Samsung Z smartphone running Tizen platform was expected to be launched last week during the conference for Tizen developers in Moscow but it didn’t happen. Depending what your consider the first alleged date of its premiere, this will be its third or fourth hold-up.
We have waited quite a long time for this to happen and frankly, quite often we thought that the project will be abandoned but the day has finally arrived. Earlier today Samsung announced to the world the first Tizen phone – the Samsung Z smartphone. The Samsung Z is expected to hit the European markets sometime around this fall. Users in Russia will be the first lucky ones to get their hands on the device. After that, the smartphone will be released in other parts of the world including US shores.
Samsung has been talking about releasing Tizen phones for quite long time without actually any launch. Many folks started to wonder if it’s ever going to happen. If you were one of those individuals who started to doubt the whole Tizen phones initiative, put your mind at ease. The project is very much alive and a new launch date has just popped up. In an interview with Reuters, senior vice president of Samsung’s product strategy team, Yoon Han-kil, revealed that a Tizen phone could be released some time near the end of the second quarter.
To no surprise whatsoever Samsung announced two new Tizen smartwatches, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo (note that there is no “Galaxy” moniker this time). The devices will be released globally some time in April; however, we are still waiting on details about pricing. Both, the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo were unveiled just hours before the official opening of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and are expected to be showcased during the event.
Remember when back in May we discussed Samsung’s plans to release Tizen-powered smartphone codenamed Redwood? The phone was expected to be released in early fall this year. Fall has come and gone and the year is almost over but a Tizen phone is still nowhere to be seen. Don’t loose hope, though. Samsung has not given up on Tizen phones. In fact, we might be treated to a fresh batch of news on the subject pretty soon.
A while back we shared with you a few details on the new open-source operating system Tizen. Being one of the biggest promoters of the Tizen Linux Mobile platform, Samsung confirmed that it will launch the first Tizen smartphones later on this year. We also expect Fujitsu and NEC to start offering Tizen devices, but no sooner than 2014. Back to Samsung, according to the company’s documents, the first Tizen-running phone is scheduled for announcement some time in the third quarter of 2013. The release should occur in August or September.
Last month we wrote about Tizen, a new operating system for mobile devices developed by Samsung and Intel with cooperation from other companies. The system is a version of Linux and will be an alternative for Android platform. It was speculated that the new OS came as a result of Samsung trying to distance itself from Android, perhaps in fear that a successful launch of the Motorola X by Google could hurt the company’s current status as Android‘s favorite brand.
Rumors about Tizen operating system have been circulating ever since the work on this new platform began in 2011. In May 2012 the development reached 1.0 status. Samsung this week confirmed that it will release phones with Tizen by the end of this year, and depending on how the market reacts, it will expand the lineup.