Samsung, the world's largest smartphone maker by shipments, is facing intense competitive pressure at the low-end from the so-called Chinese smartphone makers, especially, in India.
Well, in view of the whole situation, the South Korean giant may plan to release its new budget smartphone powered by Tizen OS. Yes, you heard it right!
Samsung, best known for its Android-based handset, could be launching the low-cost Tizen OS-based smartphone before the end of 2014. While the smartphone has yet to be officially announced, meanwhile, SamMobile recently discovered more info about the device, including leaked screen shots.
SamMobile has published leaked screen shots of the purported Samsung SM-Z130H. According to the report, the SM-Z130H runs Tizen 2.3 OS, and its user interface (UI) resembles Samsung's upgraded TouchWiz interface. SamMobile also confirmed that the a couple of features already available on Samsung's Android phones, like Ultra Power Saving mode, and Private Mode come pre-loaded on the device.
The specs for the upcoming smartphone fall in-line with those recently leaked including a 4-inch display 480 x 800), 1.2 GHz Spreadtrum SC7727S processor, 512MB of RAM, 3.2MP rear camera, VGA front-facing shooter, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, FM Radio and more.
Tizen's Indian debut should be seen as a part of the company's key strategic plan, to battle it out against Google's Android One initiative. Three Android One handset went on sale in September this year, all costing under $100 or Rs. 6,100.
In the meanwhile, here's a look at the top 5 things you should know about Tizen OS.
Tizen doesn't look too different from an Android-based phone running TouchWiz layer on top. Menus, home screens, and widgets all remain fairly identical, but now there is a set of eight persistent applications that are readily available for quick access.
Like Google's Android, Tizen is an open-source operating system based on Linux. Samsung has collaborated with Intel to develop Tizen.
Let's not forget that Tizen is a HTML5-based operating system The Tizen SDK and API enables software application developers to employ HTML5 along with "related web technologies" to write applications that run across these multiple device segments.
Tizen, the Linux-based mobile operating system, is not restricted to smartphones and tablet. In the coming days to come, we might able to see smart TVs and in-car entertainment systems run Tizen OS. Earlier this year, Samsung launched its updated smartwatch line - powered by Tizen OS.
Tizen will support native and web apps, just like Samsung's dated Bada mobile OS. To date, Samsung did not announce that how many apps will be made available on day 1. But it made a pitch for developers to create apps for the mobile operating system.