Samsung has already started releasing the Tizen update for its first Android powered Galaxy Gear smartwatch and now the company has confirmed to launch its smartphone powered by the home-brewed Tizen OS very soon.
But just to refresh you a bit on the Tizen story, earlier this year, Samsung was all set to launch its first Tizen device in Japan and France. But the company had to cancel the launch as the carrier partners were reluctant to take the orders due to the lack of market demand.
However, just ahead of the Computex 2014 trade show, Samsung made an official announcement that the company's first Tizen smartphone will be launched in Q3 2014.
Moreover, Samsung said that the smartphone will be called the Samsung Z and it will go on sale in Russia first. To support the sales of the Tizen-based smartphones, the company will also launch a Tizen store to sell software and services on the devices.
Samsung Z - What Specs to Expect?
Reprotedly, the Samsung Z smartphone is said to come running Tizen OS and will sport a 4.9-inch HD Super AMOLED display. It will be powered by a 2.3 GHz quad-core processor, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera, fingerprint sensor and the ultra power saving mode, very much like what Samsung's Galaxy S5 comes with. The Samsung Z will be available in black and gold boasting a slim and angular design.
According to Samsung, the Tizen-based phone comes with a faster start-up time, an advanced multitasking capabilities, and a faster Web browsing experience. Moreover, the Samsung Z features a "distinctive home and application layout for easy access to favorite features and apps." The operating system also includes a "dynamic box" and color themes settings to let users customize the device to their likes.
Though, Samsung is a ruler in the smartphone business, Google's Android OS has offered the users more exposure to the user-friendly experience via its UI. Thus, Samsung might have to cope up with the new OS in the initial phase. However, prototypes of the Tizen smartphone, which was displayed at the previous Tizen developers conferences hint at Android-like appearance.
Also Samsung is apparently not going to confine the Tizen OS to smartphones but it is also said that the South Korean tech giant is reportedly making plans to introduce Tizen-based consumer products, like televisions, refrigerators and car dashboards.