Samsung has some big plans for the Tizen OS, judging by the new Samsung Z smartphone. The latest device was unveiled on Monday in advance of the Tizen Developer Conference in San Francisco, with the Samsung Z being heralded as the world’s first commercial smartphone to run on Tizen.
Tizen is a mobile operating system based on Linux, and is principally operated by Samsung. It was designed with multiple kinds of devices in mind; capable of powering cameras, wearables, smart TVs and even laptops.
The great specs for this device as well as the presence of advanced features suggests Samsung has big plans for its first real Tizen phone. Far from being just a model for developing markets, the Samsung Z is likely intended as a top-line model that developers can build to — similar to how Google regards their Nexus devices.
Many are speculating that the Samsung Z is the beginning of a long-term strategy to undermine Android with Tizen, which Samsung has much more control over. That would take some doing considering Android has over 1 million apps however, software exists that will quickly let developers convert their Android apps to Tizen. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
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