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Samsung Z is powered by a 2.3GHz, quad-core Intel processor

We knew this moment was coming. In the past few months, Samsung has made an effort to get its in-house Tizen mobile operating system into the hands of more consumers. In late February, it tested the waters with the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches running the operating system. Just this past week, Samsung provided an update to the original Galaxy Gear smartwatch that replaced its original Android operating system with Tizen.
 
Today, Samsung is going one step further with the launch of the Samsung Z — the world first smartphone running Tizen. Although Samsung told us back in late April that its first Tizen smartphone would be a “high-end” device, its specs don’t exactly scream “flagship” like its Galaxy S 5 cousin.
 
Tizen

The Samsung Z features a 2.3GHz quad-core Intel processor with 2GB of RAM, 4.8” HD Super AMOLED (720p), 16GB of memory, microSD slot, 8MP rear camera, 2.1MP front camera, fingerprint sensor, and LTE connectivity.
 
Compared to Android, the Samsung Z is said to “[deliver] a fast, optimal performance with improved memory management” and “offers a faster startup time and immediate multi-tasking capabilities.”

 
“Samsung is committed to enhancing the mobile experience of consumers with innovation that is both personal and unique to their needs,” continued DJ Lee, Samsung’s Marketing chief. “The Samsung Z integrates the power and adaptability of the Tizen platform, enabling users to browse the web faster and utilize applications more effectively.”

 
The Samsung Z will first be made available in Russia starting in Q3 of this year, and will late expand to other markets around the world. There is no word yet on U.S. availability.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow



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By retrospooty on 6/2/2014 8:42:58 AM , Rating: 2
I had always heard good things about Meego but never saw it in action. Samsung built on top of Meego to make Tizen.

The only questions will be will they bloat it to death like they do with their android phones and when will it be ready for high end phones. The fact they are releasing on a mid range phone, says its quite a long way off from being ready for prime time on a high end phone. - See more at: http://www.dailytech.com/Article.aspx?newsid=34997...




By bug77 on 6/2/2014 9:25:34 AM , Rating: 2
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...will they bloat it to death like they do with their android phones...


Let's put it this way: if they did it to some else's OS, who's gonna stop them from doing it to their own?

Fwiw, Tizen seems to be more open than Android (current code is available, they seem to be accepting patches), so if it takes off, we may end up with something even better.


By retrospooty on 6/2/2014 12:51:02 PM , Rating: 1
Hopefully a full on public shaming will help. LOL

The Moto E with less than 1/4 the processing power runs, transistions and scolls faster than the GS5.

http://www.mobot.net/motorola-moto-beats-samsung-g...


By Monkey's Uncle on 6/2/2014 9:44:45 AM , Rating: 2
I guess with Google gaining more and more power in its own right, Samsung is finding their steering influence with Google falling off as time moves on.

While Tizen is not specifically built by Samsung (it is after all a fork of Intel/Nokia's MeeGo), at least one Samsung top executive co-chairs the Tizen steering committee and has a huge amount of say in what is going into the new mobile OS. They are also providing some of their top architects into that open source project to ensure they get their concerns in on the ground floor.

I expect to see Tizen show up on a majority of the Samsung mobile product lineup in the not too distant future.

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Anyone curious over what Tizen is about can take a look here:

https://www.tizen.org/

And a pr for MeeGo:

http://www.intel.com/pressroom/archive/releases/20...

Like Android, Tizen (and its base MeeGo -- a collabotration between Intel and Nokia) is in turn based on Linux kernel. It is also open source. It is being provided by the Linux Foundation.

You can access both developer tools and source code for Tizen at the first link.


By someguy123 on 6/2/2014 10:22:36 AM , Rating: 2
With android they have to pay up to microsoft for licensing.

Tizen is probably cheaper in the long run. Not being reliant on google is just a bonus.


By bug77 on 6/2/2014 10:32:51 AM , Rating: 2
If you really think about, if it was something in Android that needed licensing, Microsoft would have asked the money straight from Google. But since it went after manufacturers instead, I believe the licensed part is not actually in Android, but rather something manufacturer themselves add to the devices.


By Reclaimer77 on 6/2/2014 1:44:16 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
Folks get their panties in a bunch over NSA collecting metadata... Google is collecting actual data and nobody bats an eye.


What the NSA is doing is hella illegal and yeah, we get our "panties in a wad" when the Government starts assuming everyone in the country is a terrorist. I don't know about you, but that's a little more scary than someone delivering ads that I can opt out of.

Anyone comparing Google to the NSA is just crazy.


By Alexvrb on 6/3/2014 12:28:32 AM , Rating: 2
Legally or otherwise, the NSA digs through data that others harvest. Facebook, Google, Microsoft, et al. So yeah, you should be concerned with what Google collects from you. Google might just be using it for ads, but the NSA wants to know all about you damned "domestic terrorists", and the Google cloud is a good place to start looking.


By tayb on 6/2/2014 12:19:48 PM , Rating: 2
Samsung is going to pay licensing to Microsoft unless they run Windows Phone.


By stm1185 on 6/2/2014 11:28:38 PM , Rating: 2
Samsung should just buy into Microsofts services like Apple does for Siri. Use Bing to fuel search and a digital assistant on Tizen. Get Mapping through Nokia. Use their cloud.

They need services, they can't get them from Google, and MS has shown they are willing to put theirs on other OS, and furthermore that theirs are actually good.


By retrospooty on 6/2/2014 12:57:43 PM , Rating: 2
"I expect to see Tizen show up on a majority of the Samsung mobile product lineup in the not too distant future"

I would highly doubt that. They just signed a 10 year pact with Google re: Android. Tizen will have to be better than Android and have apps before people start using it in large #'s. I hope it gets there, but that is a LONG way off.

Right now we have a mid range device releasing in Russia later this year. I would bet its years before we see a single high end device on it much less replacing the lineup. It may replace some of the extremely low end devices though.


By Johnmcl7 on 6/2/2014 5:42:58 PM , Rating: 2
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While Tizen is not specifically built by Samsung (it is after all a fork of Intel/Nokia's MeeGo)


No it isn't - Intel left their Meego project to join the Tizen project but Tizen is not built on Meego, it is built on the Samsung Linux Platform.

I was thinking I'm surprised that Samsung haven't taken a similar approach to Amazon with the Kindle and produced a device without the GMS that they can use their own software with but then as I was typing it I seem to recall that Google won't allow you do to that if you want to produce Android phones with the full Google suite?


By Alexvrb on 6/3/2014 12:22:18 AM , Rating: 2
You recall correctly. You can't do it piecemeal. The way Google has GMS licensing set up, you either take it all or leave it all - including access to things like Google Play and essential (up-to-date) APIs.

It's a LOT of work to fork the most current Android, more so than it was when Amazon got started. In fact Amazon's limited success in doing so accelerated Google's plans to reign in on all these open source adventures.

Basically, the support that Samsung gets from others (like Intel) working on Tizen makes it the better choice over attempting to build a GMS-free Android fork. If Tizen does well I can see Amazon expressing interest.


By Johnmcl7 on 6/2/2014 5:37:49 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I had always heard good things about Meego but never saw it in action. Samsung built on top of Meego to make Tizen.


Samsung didn't build Tizen on top of Meego, the only association between the two is that Intel left Meego to join the Tizen project


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