Tizen may yet get essential smartphone apps to make it a viable option – pictures show WhatsApp on the upcoming Samsung Z1

Tizen may yet get essential smartphone apps to make it a viable option – pictures show WhatsApp on the upcoming Samsung Z1
Ah, the Z1 – Samsung's first smartphone to rock the company's homemade mobile OS keeps getting delayed, cancelled, re-stated, and by this time, if you are doubting whether the handset is really, really going to be unveiled this January, as many sources have said – you're not alone.

The reason for the many delays, or at least one of them, leaksters have said, is the fact that Sammy didn't believe that there were enough apps for an effective ecosystem, which would in turn make it a viable option for users. The company launched Tizen-powered smartwatches, and a Tizen-powered TV, but its choice on what exactly to do with a Tizen smartphone is still shaky. If leaksters are to be believed – the many faces of the Samsung Z1 reflect that – first, it was a nigh-flagship class device, then it dropped to mid-range, and now – the handset that we expect to be unveiled in India on the 18th of January is more of an entry-level smartphone, sporting a dual-core 1.2 GHz CPU, 768 MB of RAM, a 3 MP main snapper and 0.3 MP selfie cam, and 4 GB of (microSD-expandable) internal memory.

Well, it seems Sammy got some backing after all, as recent leaks show that the Z1 will come with a WhatsApp client on-board. Whether there is a deal going on between the two, which would give users some sort of extended free service, is yet unknown, but having a popular chat app ready to go for Sammy's proprietary OS is a gleam of hope that it may just yet make it, even if it is developing markets only.

We've only got a couple of screenshots – one showing what looks to be the Z1's app drawer, containing WhatsApp's icon, and one of the app itself, which shows that it doesn't look very different from its Android sibling.

Are you curious to try a Tizen-powered handset? What apps would you like to see it support?


source: Tizen Experts via SamMobile

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15 Comments

1. stocklee unregistered

that awkward moment, when Tizen has more apps than Windows Phone :) well not really, but just imagine if something like that really happened :)

3. AME85

Posts: 42; Member since: Dec 16, 2014

Hahaha !! you made my day. I think it would happen eventually !

6. EC112987

Posts: 1213; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Yea it probably good happen eventually..do you think other companies will adopt Tizen or will it be more like IOS strictly to one company?

8. AME85

Posts: 42; Member since: Dec 16, 2014

It all depends on Samsung and the restrictions present in the OS. I believe Samsung should make it available to other OEMs especially if it wants to compete in the entry-level market with Android One phones ! I think that having different OEMs working on the same OS will make it better. This is what happened with Android since the T-mobile G1

14. EC112987

Posts: 1213; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Makes sense thanks!

13. EC112987

Posts: 1213; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

*could

7. Arthurhkt

Posts: 721; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

It highly possible, since they had a project which port Android apps to their eco system, let see how the future hold.

2. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Samsung's entry-level Smartphones are horrible.... Almost all of them can't even be compared to ultra cheap chinese smartphones.

4. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

They must otherwise it'll fail.

5. Arthurhkt

Posts: 721; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Hm.... Althought it was mean for low-end, still curious what this new OS, but don' know whether we got chance to try it outside of India or not, hope they don't bundle up with Carrier package.

9. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

looks like a white samsung instinct mehhhhh

10. Cyberchum

Posts: 1013; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Looks like one of those Samsung knockoffs, well the knockoffs actually looks like the real deal.

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

To me WP8 is more viable than Tizen. Microsoft has Office 360 and other enterprises level software, What does Samsung has? Even Android may not be a match if Windows 10 is well executed.

12. Veigald

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

Who needs another grid of icons mobile OS... make it innovate or don't bother.

15. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Hm you have no idea what deals Samsung have setup with the main apps makers as there new TVs even have google apps and loads of apps I think the deal there was make them or be removed for all tvs

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