First Samsung TIZEN flagship phone to come out in Feb 2013?

First Samsung TIZEN flagship phone to come out in Feb 2013?
Samsung has quietly announced it will no longer release bada smartphones, thus effectively killing the operating system after its three years of existence, and now all eyes are on TIZEN, the Intel-Samsung partnership. The first Samsung TIZEN-based smartphone is now said to be released in February 2013, at least according to Samsung’s current plans cited by Russian tech insider Eldar Murtazin.

Interestingly, it seems that all bada developments haven’t just vanished into thin air and the Tizen platform borrows a lot of elements from bada devices. The delays in releasing the first smartphones with the new operating system however might show that Samsung is hesitant to fully back up the platform, and might be waiting on the rumored first 22nm Intel Merrifield chips, said to be coming in 2013.

So far, Samsung’s Tizen flagship is allegedly looking just like the recently launched Galaxy S7652 Duos, a 4-inch Galaxy S III look-alike. The screen is a 4-inch SuperAMOLED, but with different colors for the body and there is a 8-megapixel camera, NFC and a 1,550mAh battery, on average lasting for around two days. This current configuration however might look dated around February, so chances are that Samsung will rework this device.

The biggest astonishment however might turn out to be that Samsung has quietly ported its bada efforts into Tizen, effectively reworking the fourth-generation bada-based Wave smartphones into Tizen devices.

What do you expect of Tizen, does it really stand a chance in today’s Android/iOS duopoly?

source: Habrahabr (translated)



1. MeoCao unregistered

Tizen is just a back up plan for SS in case something happens with Android. The ecosystem is virtually nonexistent with little support by any1: developers, OEMs, carriers... and the chipset is likely from Intel so Tizen is doomed from the start.

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yes, its most definitely a back up OS. Its not "doomed" though. BADA did quite well as their last back up, heck it was outselling WP7 and it wasnt even available world wide. Its not gonna ever be a major player unless something happens with android, that much is true. However, they are giving themselves a lot of leeway to get this OS super smooth and in prime shape just in case something does happen. While everyone else will be scrambling to figure out what to do, samsung will have a prime OS ready to push out. Heck, they would probably liscence it out and become the next "android" style OS. But that is just a "worst case" scenario back up.

10. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

Except it runs on html5 which should make it much easier to bring over apps

11. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

well tizen's main ecosystem is HTML5 apps and some devs say that its easy to develop apps with HTML5 than making native apps.. but i dont really trust html5 coz it is always on the web right? so you need date all he time, and i really hate that.. well thats just my opinion..but im excited about tizen (for the first time coz i hate samsung) coz even samsung killed bada... they will continue the support through tizen and at least they support their OWN OS unlike nokia who killed all its smartphone OS... and i support samsung for this... but i just dont know how will tizen work... firefox is also html5 that looks like a version of its web browser.. so its apps and tizen apps will able to run to each platform..

2. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

Why are OEMs that have their own OS starting to abandon them? Does it cost more for them to create and support their own OS? I'm lost

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Yes, it costs tons to write a new OS and constantly update it for patches and bug fixes. Thousands of man hours of programming go into that. And if the OS doesnt take off or get good support, you will never make money on it. That's why many chose android since its developed by google, that takes all the cost off the manufacturers. And now that its popular, its pretty easy to make $$ on android phones.

5. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Tizen is a new Samsung OS to compete with iOS, Android and WP.

6. smartphone

Posts: 160; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Please Samsung a fresh UI with full use of meego multitasking powers and not just another android ripoff UI like u did with Bada OS. Please have a look at the Nokia Air concept and swipe UI for ideas and use top notch hardware like the galaxy flagships.

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its not meant to be new n fresh, its meant to capitalize on market disruption should Apple ever succeed with their "atomic policy" regarding Android. It looks like any other samsung smart phone, so for those that dont know much about OS's, they can easily swap this into countries where android is having legal issues.

7. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

both ios and android have similar interface,thank god for themes & loads of customization for android. tizen i dont think will stand much chance as windows phone 8 will be coming strong,its just a beautiful well polished os,thats bringing most of the features in ios and android and more in a totally different and unique platform in a more intuitive & streamlined way. android features and great apps & most of all freedom to tweak customize etc ios ok great apps wp8 simply beautiful and streamlined

9. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Um, you do realize that WPs marketshare sits at about 2%, 2 years after WP7 launched. I havent seen much of 8, but I don't see anything radically different to make a major shift in that marketshare. Tizen's got just as good of a chance of being #3 as WP8 or BB10 does.

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