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Samsung allegedly working on a Tizen smartphone that syncs with the Tizen-based Gear S2

Samsung allegedly working on a Tizen smartphone that syncs with the Tizen-based Gear S2
According to a new report, Samsung's upcoming Tizen smartphone, the Z3, will be able to sync with the Samsung Gear S2, the Tizen-based round smartwatch that is currently making waves in the smartwatch market.

Android stood at the core of Samsung's rise to dominance in the global smartphone market, and Google's mobile OS continues to power a vast Samsung Galaxy family of smartphones. Despite what seems like the perfect love story, however, Samsung is doing its best to separate its future from Android by slowly adopting Tizen, an open-source OS that Samsung is developing with help from other companies such as Intel, Huawei, Vodafone, and Sprint.

One segment where Samsung has aggressively pushed Tizen as an Android alternative are smartwatches. Out of the seven watches that Samsung has launched so far, only one of them - the Samsung Galaxy Gear - came with Android Wear. The rest of them, including the recently-unveiled Gear S2, run Tizen.

As far as Samsung's smartphone efforts are concerned, Tizen powers a single smartphone, the Z1. Given the entry-level philosophy behind the Samsung Z1, a very cheap handset aimed at emerging markets around Asia, no one was deeply surprised to learn that the Tizen-based Z1 lacks compatibility with Samsung's Tizen watches. But with the upcoming Samsung Gear Z3, the company appears to have bigger goals in mind.

According to a range of leaks and rumors, the upcoming Samsung Z3 will come with better hardware specs across the board. If this recent report turns out to be accurate, we can easily interpret the Tizen-to-Tizen compatibility as a sign that the OS is growing on smartphones, not just on watches. But with the smartphone market completely dominated by iOS and Android, it remains to be seen if Tizen can ever become a threat to Google and Apple.

At the moment, it's not clear if Samsung's previous Tizen smartwatches will also be compatible with the Z3, but we wouldn't bet against it. 

According to previous information, the Samsung Z3 will land at some point next month. Interestingly, that's also when Samsung's Gear S2 will be made available for purchase.

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