Samsung's Tizen-based Z1 phone will be able to run Android apps, could be announced tomorrow
posted by Florin T. / Jan 13, 2015, 12:45 PM
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.
Posts: 6902; Member since: Mar 16, 2013
If it doesn't have Googles play store, then it won't fly.
posted on Jan 13, 2015, 12:53 PM 3
Now i can really finally say That awkward moment, when even Tizen has more apps than windows phone :)
posted on Jan 13, 2015, 12:56 PM 10
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)
posted on Jan 13, 2015, 1:03 PM 2
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.
posted on Jan 13, 2015, 5:55 PM 0
Looks so outdated and extremely cheap...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.
posted on Jan 13, 2015, 4:03 PM 1
Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 12, 2014
This phone costs $90 whereas z3 compact and iphone 6 costs 6x+ more you dummy
posted on Jan 13, 2015, 5:47 PM 6
Posts: 31; 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.
posted on Jan 14, 2015, 2:49 AM 0
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