Samsung Tizen reference device video leaks out

Samsung Tizen reference device video leaks out
Samsung-backed Tizen is one of a few upcoming platforms that want to make their way onto smartphones, and like others before it puts the focus on HTML5, so you don’t have to rely heavily on native apps and be a bit less dependant on developer support. Tizen recently hit version 1.0, codenamed Larkspur, and Samsung has been showing it off on a reference device.

Good news is that a video of Tizen v1.0 in action on the reference device has leaked out and now you can see how well the operating system performs and how it looks.

As to the reference device itself, it’s only that - not a final design, nor specs, but just a rough around the edges package that illustrates what the software is capable of. Still, we should mention that it sports a large screen (probably between 4.3 and 4.7 inches) with an HD resolution. The processor is a dual-core ARM one, with the clock speed set at 1.2GHz.

Tizen itself has been amalgamated with the MeeGo platform, and it has Intel’s support, so you might end up seeing x86-based Tizen phones. We’ve already mentioned the outstanding HTML5-supporting browser, and it’s also obvious that Samsung has used TouchWiz as an inspiration all over the platform.

Tizen also looks feature-rich from the get go with features like Internet tethering, something that Windows Phone lacked up until recently, and many WP phones still don’t have it. Google, Twitter and Facebook integration is also there from the get-go. Finally, the loading times and the occasional stutter shouldn’t bother you too much - we’ve underscored it’s a reference device for a reason. But with those things in mind, how do you like what you see?


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1. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

It looks okay, but the design is ugly and I hope it isn't the final design. For the hardware AND the software.

9. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2361; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

"the reference device itself, it’s only that - not a final design, nor specs",...read artical first... And well im willing to give this OS a spin.. :-)

2. blinkdagger

Posts: 81; Member since: May 04, 2012

I really don't like the name - Tizen. But i guess let just wait and see.

7. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Come to think of it, where did they get that name????

19. Caunsidh

Posts: 9; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

It means ten (10) in hungarian (sort of). :D

3. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Samsung Current OS investment : Bada : Android : Windows Phone : Tinzen So when Tinzen is complete, Samsung will say bye bye to Android? Or Bada?

4. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

or windows phone and by the way everyone one tizen is a recreation of meeGO

5. AhmadAlsayegh

Posts: 326; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

in strategy this is called diversion, or in other words, don't put all your eggs in one basket

6. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Sammy say good-bye to Android? Have you seen the sales numbers on Andriod on Samsung??? Bada is on life support. It is only in a few markets, and is kinda like a hobby for them. They learned a ton from it, and that has helped them become the top game in the mobile world. But, really, if the wave device stopped tomorrow, would Sammy even notice in their bottom line? Windows Phone needs a great 2013. Apollo is it- get some real positive momentum, or face losing some serious manufacturer support. But, I think I agree with AhmadAlsayegh- this is just Sammy covering bases. Companies look 3 to 5 years into the future. This is a worthwhile idea to pursue.

8. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

@microsoftnokiawin Yes I know meego is now Tinzen. I don't think Samsung will dump Windows Phone, since they are already planning Windows 8 tablets. And Microsoft have so much to throw that Samsung will be force to use Windows (Phone) 8.

13. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

@Bluesky02 great job by Elop huh giving the opposition a great OS and i said it for people that didn't know and yeah your right about WP with samsung

10. iWallE

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 10, 2011

I may be wrong, but a thought just occured to me while watching this video. Why would anyone need a new mobile OS? What would they get from it that isn't already in iOS and Android. Yes, competition is nice, but those two have covered all the bases (or at least all the significant ones). iOS gives you a sleek, minimalistic and intuitive design, running on beautiful and classy-looking hardware. Android gives you... well, pretty much everything. Sizes, form factors, price points, OEM skins, third-party launchers. It takes just several dedicated programmers and several months to make Android look like WP, or like Bada, or like iOS, or like nothing you've seen before. And new features are added every minute by hardware and software makers alike. So, if you ever need anything that is not iOS, you are more than likely to find it on Android. There just isn't space in the market for anything else, unless it offers a revolution, rather than just a different approach. But since that's not the case, all we see are failures. WebOS went nowhere, WP still circles around 1% despite all of Microsoft's efforts and both Symbian and BB are in free fall since Android 2.x was released. It looks like in the current market there's no place for other mobile OS than the big two. And if anyone is to achieve something, they'll need to reshape the market entirely and move the game on a different level, much like Apple did in 2007.

11. jagroopdeol

Posts: 3; Member since: May 05, 2012

i think there is no meego goodness left in tizen...........but m waitint till the final version comes

14. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

yeah Samsung took MeeGO and are turning it into an android/bada more like OS MeeGO N9 was infact one of a kind

20. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

nokia's head is being blind! they cant see that people was inlove after meeting the N9! MeeGo is just brilliant and gorgeous! WP is also gorgeous and smooth! but too many restrictions drives me nuts!

24. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

yeah but they're going through financial problems they didn't have enough finances to make their own OS maybe after they get market share again with WP they'll go back to developing MeeGO we can only hope

12. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

It looks closest to Android than to anything else but not as refined. It doesn't have any resemblance to WP which I use as my primary phone. Also, according to the video, it supports high-end specs so would probably be expensive, at least for the initial devices. So why would I put out a lot of money to try it when i'm already contented with my Android? Maybe if they put out something cheaper, I might try it. This is a new OS so a lot of time, energy, and a great amount of money are needed to market it and make it successful. But I cannot see Samsung doing that for anything other than Android. Neither can I see Sprint spending the big bucks they do not have to promote it. Maybe Intel will do the promotion but they are already fighting in a lot of battle fronts that I don't see them opening another one. Hopefully it succeeds but at the moment I see it going the way of Meego.

16. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

MeeGO was going great until Stephen Elop Came

21. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

That's just all in your mind. Nokia would have been foolish to drop it if sales were promising. On the other hand, all you need to do was just look at the sales to realize, just like Nokia did, that it hit the ceiling early on and slowly started to go down!.Added to the problem was that no U.S. carrier wanted it. Nokia had no choice but to give up further development. If Nokia had billions in spare change, they could have spent money in sustained promotion to market it. Unfortunately they did not have that. Neither was Intel, who owned the OS, willing to spend the billions to promote it. Nokia had no choice but to give it up further development.

25. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

dude nokia n9 made more sales than all lumia devices combined and it was released in limited countries and had no advertisement on the other hand we have lumia... you know the rest i'm not saying going to WP was a bad move but killing symbian turned all Symbian fans to android and meego same thing 9 month before the release of any symbian device what can ya say for that

15. jibraihimi

Posts: 815; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

If Nokia had continued developing the meego, instead of abandoning it, then it would have been serious competitor to ios nd Android at present. Meego was best step forward for nokia, but I dnt understand y nokia ditched it.......??? It was open source and incorporating all the goodies of symbian platform in meego was easier than on WP7............. Hope nokia come to sense again, and start the stage 3 of the evolution of maemo...........

17. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

dude Nokia didn't ditch it it was Stephen Elop he was working for Microsoft from the moment he became CEO HE didn't want to make any more OSes to compete with WP so he kills Symbian and MeeGO

22. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

That's all in your mind. Nokia Symbian Smartphones were already loosing market share by the time Elop was pirated by the board to join Nokia with a lot of money as carrot stick in September 2010. As for the sales of Meego, the reason Nokia decided to abandone it was because the sales hit the ceiling early on and started to go down. Unfortunately Nokia did not have the billions to put up a sustained marketing for it, nor Intel who owned the OS willing to spend money for marketing, nor the U.S. carriers willing to carry it. Nokia had no choice but to give up further Meego development.

26. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

yeah but still you don't see sammy winning with one OS

18. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

the MeeGo looks more Elegant than this Tizen!

23. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Yes, absolutely. But Tizen is still under development so I'm sure it will evolve into a more refined OS by the time Samsung, if ever, puts out a device with the OS.

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