Tizen version 2.4.0.4 packs a dozen new features; here's a full round-up

On occasion, Tizen has been derided by some experts as a non-starter; an operating system with little hope of consumer success in the mobile space thanks to the established nature of both iOS and Android. Maker Samsung has, in typically headstrong fashion, proceeded with Tizen's development and where numerous other peripheral platforms have fallen by the wayside, Tizen still has its head above water. With the long-awaited launch of the first 4G-ready Tizen smartphone now upon us in the form of the Samsung Z2, the South Korean firm has taken the opportunity to showcase some of the major features of the new-and-improved Tizen 2.4.0.4.

It would be a slight disservice to compare Tizen directly with the likes of Mozilla's canned Firefox OS. After all, Tizen's end game seeks to create an element of consistency across variety of smart products from refrigerators and AC units to in-car infotainment. Still, there's no question that Sammy wants a piece of the Android and iOS pie, and the latest firmware bump only confirms this notion.

Detailed as part of the Tizen development team's 'You Asked, We Listened' dialogue with devs and users, there are more than a dozen tweaks for users to sink their teeth into. Many are elementary features that iOS and Android have offered for an age. Nevertheless, each helps to boost Tizen's credentials as a legitimate alternative to the Big Two as far as smartphone and tablet users are concerned. 

In all, there are thirteen significant enhancements to dive into, so let's get to it. 


source: Tizen Community (1), (2)

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13 Comments

1. Clars123

Posts: 1079; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

MY EYES!!!.THE COLOUR!!! Samsung for real though needs to work on software aesthetics

5. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Tizen can't have all the eye candy modern android has. The phones that run this software are really low end and don't have high res screens. That's why these screenshots look so terrible.

11. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Only with in Tizen

2. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

we will see what future holds!

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Does it runs on "Byte Code" on a VM or is it native like iOS or Windows Mobile...? To me, that ALONE makes a LOT of difference...! If it runs native, then I see no reason why it'd hang and stutter like Android TouchWiz on low-end Samsung Phones... Anyhow, I "REALLY" want to see a third major entry in the world of Mobile Operating Systems considering WP account for just 1% of the market share... Sadly the presence of WP is next to nothing... Anyhow, Tizen might be it... Or... It might not be it, who knows? But I'm sure glad that manufacturers are at least trying to COMPETE with iOS & Android... BlackBerry, are you listening...?

4. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

I'm pretty sure it doesn't use a sandbox environment like Android. And in my experience, windows phone and iOS have more issues with lag compared to android. I have an iPad air 2 and it runs awful on iOS 10 beta. It ran similarly bad on iOS 9 too. And don't even ask about the windows 10 mobile phones. Anyway, I have heard good things about tizen in optimization department. The performance is silky smooth, battery lasts forever and that all is happening on really low end hardware. No wonder tizen is rapidly getting successful in countries with low income.

6. peace247 unregistered

ikr... some people think that smooth animations means fast and responsive....i dont know about ios but I've used windows and man it's slow.

7. 27satz

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Looks like Developers did User interface design.

12. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Lol Yeah!

8. peace247 unregistered

This mobile is great for elders and teens having their first smartphone

9. Elfmonster unregistered

I know some Android apps can be loaded on tizen through some Samsung umbrella app. Is there an android app yet that tells Android users which of their apps are tizen available, like they way Microsoft has an app like that?

10. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Nice, already getting more advanced than stock iOS. iOS only has 5/13 of these features/capabilities...

13. Fona13A unregistered

I hope for the best for Tizen, I wasn't expecting the Z2 to even look premium but I think it's nifty device in its own category.

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