The lingering feeling is that the Korean based manufacturer was using Tizen as a bargaining chip with Google, threatening to stop producing Android phones and switching to its own OS. It would seem that with the time and effort that was poured into the project so far, it would make sense for Samsung to give the OS a chance just to see how well it does.
A video emerged on Thursday of a Tizen flavored handset being put through the paces and during the video, you can see that this build of the OS, supposedly 2.0, does offer some NFC functionality. Earlier this year, Samsung Executive VP of mobile Lee Young Hee said that the first Tizen device released would be a top shelf model. Were those words for real, or said just to shake up Google a little?
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source: YouTube via SimOnlyRadar (translated)