Tizen OS-touting Samsung Z9005 Redwood reminds of a TouchWizzy Android a bit too much

Tizen OS-touting Samsung Z9005 Redwood reminds of a TouchWizzy Android a bit too much

It's been no secret that Tizen, anupcoming alternative OS to incumbents iOS, Android and WP, hasreceived some serious backing from South Korean giant Samsung.Intel's support of the new OS is also nothing to sneeze at, though atthis point it's safe to say that it's Sammy that's doing most of thepushing.

Of course, Samsung is also in aposition to benefit immensely, should Tizen manage to make headway inwhat is undoubtedly a ruthless industry. This, along with the above,have led to a situation that is not at all unlike Samsung – itsTizen builds look dangerously close to the TouchWiz Android thatpowers their numerous handsets. Take a look at the video hands-on right below of the developers-only Samsung Z9005Redwood running on Tizen 2.2:

Now that you've taken a peek, you'reprobably starting to grasp why this actually means more than it letsout. As we've touched on before, Samsungdoes appear quite serious about trying to make Tizen as ubiquitous asAndroid is. Sure, seeing as Tizen is still in its early days, onecould argue that this is still quite far into the future. But, onehas to wonder exactly how Google is feeling about all of this,considering Samsung is its undisputed, biggest OEM partner.

source: Tizen Experts  



1. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Good competition. Hope HTC comes back to the biggest android oem

8. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

HTC won't. Not unless it replaces their CEO with someone more competent. I cannot believe that their much-hyped One max was just a blown up One with no spec bumps.

13. FiddyPence

Posts: 21; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

Who hyped the One Max ? Its a big phone for the asian market and not a flagship or Note 3 alternative. It fills the same niche that the Galaxy Mega fills.

16. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

it really doesn't it was meant to be competition to the note 3 like the one was to the s4

19. FiddyPence

Posts: 21; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

You clearly have not read a One Max review because all the decent ones have pointed out its for the asian market and is doing quite well there. Why did they make it worse than the One then ? No OIS and no S800 and no multitasking apps or stylus ? HTC have made mistakes, but clearly its just a large phone like the mega. The Note 3 still has no real competition.

2. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

They skinned stock android for they "likes" so they will do the same with Tizen - so people can handle the new OS without any other learning needs. We can just see the Settings in the video - who first use tabbed group settings on Android? The will not drastically change UI of Tizen - what for. They just need their own OS - slowly putting Tizen into their line of phones - some midranges and people will not even notice/care - if Tizen runs smooth, low on power and resources, it will have a chance to live.

6. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Yeah, but we as more demanding users care. And from what I can see, Tizen is anything but "smooth". Reminds me of pre-ICS days when Android was still a laggy mess.

9. Arman

Posts: 47; Member since: Jul 08, 2013

yep.. Tizen is in it's second major version 2.2 to be exact.. and yet there is lag everywhere.. after 4.4 android will become a lightweight OS even for mid range devices .. so TIZEN must work even harder..

7. Arman

Posts: 47; Member since: Jul 08, 2013

making a new ecosystem in this crowded competition is like making a wheel out of stone in a Formula 1 race.. I know Samsung is the biggest OEM (in component and in Gadgets) but Software, OS and ecosystem isn't really their biggest competitive advantage.. just look at Microsoft, a gigantic company in OS and software and even in hardware tech(thousands of unique and exciting patent in hardware) but cant make a decent ecosystem after many years of development.. believe it or not .. the only thing that can beat iOS and Android is a better product or a new category of products.. not a new Smartphone(tablet) ecosystem and OS..

3. TwentyWendy

Posts: 65; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

Still a better looking than android kitkat :3

4. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

You serious? Tizen, much to my disappointed, looks like absolute crap. And laggier than Android as well - did you see the lock screen? The Touchwiz influence is not a good one. It actually looks worse than the Android Touchwiz skin. Oh well, Sailfish, here we come.

5. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

more like android, here i stay?

10. mew7946510

Posts: 55; Member since: Nov 10, 2010

Yeah, yeah! Sailfish ! If it matures properly, it might even become a potential threat Android. It's already pretty good at its young age.

17. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

hahaha sailfish won't even touch android!!

23. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

What you aren't getting is how mature the phone industry is already. Android came in at the right time, when hundreds of millions of phone users were upgrading from dumbphones or from non-touch smartphones. Now that the majority of users already have a smartphone, it needs to be truly compellingly different to get any attention. What are we expecting Sailfish or Tizen to bring to the table that Android, iOS, and WP8 don't? What's going to lure me from my Android and the Android apps I love, or a satisfied iPhone user from the iOS ecosystem?

11. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Samsung stealing ideas from Samsung :D

12. sniperdroid

Posts: 146; Member since: May 23, 2013

I don't have a problem with Samsung creating their own OS, sure it's a bit laggy but sure to improve eventually. The problem I have is in the looks department, they should put more effort there so we can get something that is a mash up between firefox and Ubuntu in terms of looks and runs as smooth as ios.

14. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

So, reincarnation of the Bada OS?

15. Sadman_Hossain

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 01, 2013

The phone looks like a Galaxy S3 covered by a white cover of a Nokia Lumia 920.

18. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

its a case over a s4....

20. Ravail

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 14, 2011

Looks to much like Touchwiz. Would have liked to see Samsung come up with something completely new.

21. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Samsung is doing it right by making it look exactly like their Android offering. Sure it may be laggy now but it hasn't been released yet. They'll fix all of the bugs, call it Galaxy something if their smart, and rake in the cash. App Ecosystem? Samsung is driving the Android Ship and a reason for the market share/dev interest. Make it easy to port Android Apps. Rake in dough! I don't have a Dog in the fight I'm a Windows guy but I could see Samsung being successful here given their record.

22. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

If samsung left there would (not be)anymore android!!!

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