Wondering what Tizen will look like on the Samsung Z? This demo claims to be pretty close to the real deal
Three days ago, Samsung announced its first, soon-to-be commercially-available, Tizen-powered handset, the Samsung Z, which spurred some chatter among industry watchers and fans alike. The former, always measuring, calculating, wondered what this means for Samsung's relationship with Google and Android, while the latter were simply excited at the prospect of another OS player.
Despite its faux leather back, the rectangular Z is unlike pretty much any other current Samsung phone on the market. It packs some pretty decent hardware, like a 4.8-inch, 720p Super AMOLED display, a quad-core chip (presumably a Snapdragon 800), 2 gigs of RAM, and an 8-megapixel camera. The list goes on, though, and even has a fingerprint sensor on it, along with a healthy, 2600 mAh cell, and Cat 4 LTE capabilities. Not a bad package, but definitely not as intriguing as the actual software that will be powering the Samsung Z, and that's exactly the topic of today.
A demo, published on the HandHeldBlog's YouTube page, has a reference Samsung device (which looks very much alike to the Z, by the way) that runs a customized version of Tizen. Indeed, the similarities with the latest TouchWiz update, found on the Galaxy S5, are hard to miss. In fact, the entirety of the Tizen experience showcased in the 3 minute odd clip seriously reminds of the Android one that we've all come to recognize. See for yourself!