Tizen ain't dead: Gameloft rolls Asphalt 8: Airborne for Samsung's Z1 and Z3

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While many software makers have threatened to challenge the dominance of Apple's iOS and Google's Android in mobile space, most have either died a swift death or remain on the very fringes. From the periphery platforms like Windows and Ubuntu to the recently-scrapped Firefox OS, few seem capable of taking a noteworthy fight to the Big Two. The Tizen OS is by no means a front-runner just yet, but unlike Microsoft, Samsung seems keen to press on with the evolution of its platform. Sammy's continued faith in Tizen appears to be paying dividends, with popular street racer Asphalt 8: Airborne now available for the Tizen-powered Samsung Z1 and Z3.

Only a handful of firms really have the inclination and the means necessary to do battle with Apple and Google in this space. With Microsoft seemingly disinterested in the mobile scene at present, Samsung certainly has the funds to put into the research and development of Tizen.

Creating a platform, as Microsoft has learned, is only one part of building a successful platform. The broader aim is to have a strong ecosystem of developers creating apps and experiences -- something that Tizen appears to have with the introduction of Asphalt 8: Airborne. Sure, it's just a game, but it's a big game by a big publisher, and if Asphalt's creator Gameloft can see the value, there's no reason why other devs won't follow suit. 

If you own a Samsung Z1 or Z3, Asphalt 8 is now available for free through the Tizen Store. For those uninitiated, the Asphalt series is renowned for high-energy, super car street racing with plenty of nitrous boosters to keep it that way. You can pick from a number of vehicles by well-known manufacturers and race to your heart's content, through courses ranging from city streets to snowy mountains. 

Once described as "dead in the water" as a viable alternative to Android by Generator Research analyst Andrew Sheehy, Tizen now looks anything but a sinking ship. With quality developers also hopping aboard, Samsung has legitimate reason to feel quietly confident at the future prospects of Tizen.

With a slew of Tizen-powered smartwatches already on the market and developers putting in the work on the apps front, could we see higher-end or even flagship-level smartphones and tablets running the firmware in years to come? 

Let us know of your thoughts via the comments.

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22 Comments

1. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Its good to see Tizen getting some love from devs

5. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

If Samsung ups it's development and partnership with developers.. Tizen will be the future strong contender against ios.. Samsung is playing a safe game right now rolling out slowly.. I'd love to see in future Samsung being a full fledge on mobile section.. Having its own OS, camera sensors, SOCs, and it'll be a beast.. Hope Samsung plays its cards safe coz they have a chance to be the next big thing...in mobile

10. tyrionTheWise unregistered

I may actually buy a tizen phone if development is good. Vertical integration will give it iOS like optimization and no fragmentation, things that android can never achieve.

12. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Very right

19. AlikMalix unregistered

Apple fan here, and I completely approve this message... +1. Would love to see tizen as a third horse (or windows, or who knows, BB?)

20. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

I'm rooting for WP and Tizen. Surface Phone is their last chance

24. jontaylor07

Posts: 169; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

People have been saying "X is MS' last chance for Windows phone" for 4+ years. Windows phone will never go away, as runs Windows, which is one OS across phone, desktop, hololens etc. They have the same developers working on the same features across these devices, there's no need to separate phone from the rest. As long as there is a Windows desktop, there will be Windows mobile.

25. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

I said thats the last chance from my perspective.

2. gaming64

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

Is Tizen even a thing even developing countries?

4. Zylam

Posts: 1822; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

The problem with another OS is that Android covers the whole market, from the lowest end to the highest, and while it still has problems like outdated versions and hardware differences that sometimes cause apps to crash, for the most part even the cheapest 30 dollar Android phones will run at least 70 percent of the Android apps. Probably not the best experience but Android is now a juggernaut with developer support, Google just need to iron out the quality issues and stop people from releasing outdated phones. They've already redesigned Android to be more flexible than ever and visually it looks stunning. I use an iPhone 6S as my daily driver because I prefer the hardware and the quality of apps but I consider Android to be the better designed OS, I always keep a 7 inch Android tablet near by. Apple controls the premium sector and Google has covered off all areas and done so in great fashion, it's near impossible for any 3rd os to become a real threat. Even MS have given up and are focusing on their desktop OS which will eventually come down to the mobile sector.

6. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Not really given up, they are simply trying to show that there is now just a single os and a single core to build up from. They want your app to be released for all devices. With a single click. They just released a phone in Nov-Dec, what OEM releases two flagships within 6months of the first release? non. All oem's release one a year, Samsung does it fall/spring for two separate phone, galaxy/note. MS did em both in one shot. They also have the 550 and 650. So them not releasing Mobile specific information is a no duh, the build was there for devs, and it was to tell devs, build your app get it on all 4 types of devices from desktop, to xbox, to mobile, to hololens. So the fact they didn't single out Mobile is a no duh. Tech writers are just to much in their own filth to even care. Even PA was s**t at covering Build, hell I don't even think a single person was there. Come fall, the surface phone rumors will be live.

17. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

From what i have seen Tizen and Touchwiz are not at all that different so going from a Samsung android to a Samsung Tizen wouldn't be that big of a deal if the app eco system was relatively the same

8. Tommikke

Posts: 69; Member since: Nov 21, 2015

Tizen is could be big in next 5 years or so, IF other big and small developers shows interest for Tizen and Samsung releases higher spec'd phone running Tizen, like Z5 or Z7 with atleast 1980*1080 5,2 or 5,5 (or so) screen and Exynos 7420 or so. And they should bring Samsung Pay to Tizen. Then Tizen might have a good change to become number 1 OS in mobiles. I hope so, cause i really like Samsung's devices and even Touchwiz cause of its possibilities and features. Right now I'll stick with Samsung Android-devices.

13. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

if only it can natively run all android app and have playstore right out of the box

18. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Can you side load rhe play store on a Tizen phone....i thought you could....could be wrong though

28. biradar

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

I think z5 might be that powerful device

14. monoke

Posts: 1185; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Really pulling for other os's like tizen to become successful! We consumers need more choices. This is what drives innovation!

15. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1357; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Where's Peter!!! ( for those of you who remember ) I miss seeing that guy's comments on here. He was a faithful Samsung Os beliver

16. wattabulb

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

"With Microsoft seemingly disinterested.." (should be uninterested) :P However the fact that MS is neglecting it's own platform makes me sad :(

23. jontaylor07

Posts: 169; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

MS isn't neglecting any of its platforms, unless you mean Windows 7. Windows 10 mobile builds are coming all the time, we get new improvements to the OS and core apps every day. There's no neglect, it's just that now Windows 10 is one OS, it runs with a slightly different UX across phone, desktop, Xbone etc. So when MS talks to developers they don't address the phone separately, as it's so closely tied in to desktop and has a smaller user base than desktop.

26. biradar

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Samsung Z3 available only in India, so how can they increase their sales

27. biradar

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Z1 also available in only 4 countries, may be 2018 Samsung's year

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