Samsung's Tizen-based Z1 phone will be able to run Android apps, could be announced tomorrow

Samsung's Tizen-based Z1 phone will be able to run Android apps, could be announced tomorrow
Samsung Z1, an entry-level Tizen smartphone that’s about to be released this month, is a bit more interesting than we initially thought.

Yesterday, we showed you images of WhatsApp running on the Z1. As it turns out, that was WhatsApp for Android, as the upcoming Tizen handset will be able to run Android apps. Now, Tizen does not officially support Android apps, but there’s a workaround thanks to OpenMobile’s Application Compatibility Layer - which is specifically developed to allow Android apps to run on non-Android devices.

According to OpenMobile, “ACL-enabled Android apps perform as native on the Tizen operating system, with minimal latency.” When the Samsung Z1 is launched, users will be able to install OpenMobile’s ACL from the Tizen app store. WhatsApp, as well as other Android applications, will also be available via Tizen’s app store. There’s a video (embedded below) which shows how you can run WhatsApp on the Samsung Z1 with the help of OpenMobile’s Application Compatibility Layer.

As for the Z1 itself, this reportedly features a 4-inch display with 480 x 800 pixels, dual SIM capabilities, dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, 768 MB of RAM, and 4 GB of internal memory. The smartphone could be announced by Samsung as soon as tomorrow, January 14 (though we also heard that it may be announced on January 18).

It’s not clear if Samsung intends to release the Z1 - which should cost about $90 - in more countries besides India, but we’ll let you know as soon as we find out.

source: Tizen Experts via Sam Mobile more info: OpenMobile



1. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If it doesn't have Googles play store, then it won't fly.

7. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

For sub-100 phones, you don't need a lot of stuff. Need the major apps, I doubt rest would matter much.

17. engineer-1701d unregistered

but with playstore sold to the tens of millions

2. stocklee unregistered

Now i can really finally say That awkward moment, when even Tizen has more apps than windows phone :)

4. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014


5. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

May not have as many apps idk, but could threaten wp market share percentage. Especially if it sells more then a couple dozen or so each day. 8)

12. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

just like many people said that about bada OS???

11. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

well, no, because the similar amazon store has just over 300k apps while WP store has more than 400k apps so ur statement is invalid.

13. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

hahaha 300k vs 400k ? that's close! and tizen still only have 1 phone Lol

3. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

tizen is son of meego so ofcourse it will run android apps

6. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Basically an S3 Mini...

9. Cyagocaliz unregistered

Looks so outdated and extremely cheap... Plus it doesn't run on Android! Xperia Z3 compact and iPhone 6 beat this ToyZen phone in ease.

10. hohoho

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 12, 2014

This phone costs $90 whereas z3 compact and iphone 6 costs 6x+ more you dummy

14. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

just people who lack common sense.

15. wilsong17 unregistered

Tipical poor ifan thinking just because a phone cost more is better

16. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Any new OS will certainly capitalize on Android Apps. Like WP, BB, Amazon, and now Tizen, and later Sailfish. They could just fork Android if they don't want google.

18. Topspliff

Posts: 33; Member since: Sep 21, 2013

I personally wish Samsung luck with Tizen, hell if it runs Android apps, then why not give it a go, I already have the Gear 2 watch running Tizen, and with that I get 5 days battery life, if the extended life is carried over onto mobiles, then I`m in, Android just eats too much juice.

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