New Samsung phone marks break from Android

Jun 02, 2014

Samsung announced Monday the launch of a new smartphone based on its own operating system, in a step towards independence from the Google Android platform that dominates its popular handsets.

The Samsung Z, which has been specially developed to run on the Tizen platform, will go on sale in Russia in the third quarter of this year before reaching other markets, Samsung said in a statement.

The new smartphone will be unveiled Tuesday at the Tizen Developer Conference in San Francisco.

The vast majority of Samsung's devices, including its flagship Galaxy S smartphones, use the Android operating system.

The electronics giant has tried for years to strengthen its mobile software business as a genuine complement to its mighty device-making operations.

Its first homegrown operating system—named Bada and launched in 2009—largely flopped on a lukewarm response from .

Samsung worked with Intel to develop the Linux-based Tizen platform which is open-sourced—meaning hardware manufacturers that adopt it can freely tinker with the interface.

Tizen is the platform for Samsung's Gear 2 smartwatch launched in February, but the Samsung Z will be the first phone to use the operating system.

Samsung announces the launch of a new smartphone based on its own operating system, in a step towards independence from Google Android

"The Samsung Z integrates the power and adaptability of the Tizen , enabling users to browse the web faster and utilize applications more effectively," D.J. Lee, Samsung's head of global sales and marketing said in the statement.

Samsung made more than 30 percent of all smartphones sold in the world last year, nearly twice the share of its archrival Apple.

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mondoblu
5 / 5 (1) Jun 02, 2014
The first question is: will the end users get more apps with the new OS?

The second question is: will app developers follow this new OS from Samsung?

The third question is: why app developers shall spend hundred of man-hours to port their applications from iOS/Android to Tizen ?
El_Nose
not rated yet Jun 02, 2014
and this marks the being of the end of samsungs glorious reign as android phone leader.
d_robison
not rated yet Jun 03, 2014
and this marks the being of the end of samsungs glorious reign as android phone leader.


I don't think so - this is much more likely to be a test move by Samsung to get a feel for how developers and the consumer market feel about the new OS. If Samsung were truly committed to making this change, they would have put the OS on their newest flagship Galaxy phone.

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