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Samsung May Reveal Tizen Devices in February

By - Source: Ubergizmo | B 14 comments

Ubergizmo reported on Thursday that it received an invitation to a special Samsung event just one day before Mobile World Congress 2014 kicks off in Barcelona this February 24, 2014. The invite states that attendees will have an "exclusive sneak preview of the newest Tizen devices." Both Intel and Samsung will reportedly talk about the major milestones the new OS has achieved since the last Barcelona event.

Samsung's first Tizen-based smartphone was supposedly set for a 3Q 2013 release, but Samsung co-CEO JK Shin reportedly pushed back its release so that the company can get both the hardware and software perfect. After all, first impressions are always the lasting ones, right? The specs, according to sources, need to be phenomenal.

Tizen OS is an open-source Linux-based platform for devices like smartphones, tablets, Smart TVs and in-vehicle information devices. The project resides within the Linux Foundation, is governed by Samsung and Intel, and contains Samsung's merged Bada project and Intel's failed MeeGo platform. Tizen OS was originally released in January 2012 and is at version 2.2.1 as of November 9.

Backing up news that Samsung will reveal Tizen devices in February is a batch of screenshots lurking in the Korea Intellectual Property Rights Information Service database. These shots were uncovered by Sammy Today, and show a user interface that looks different than the TouchWiz overlay Samsung typically slaps on to its Android smartphones.

Sammy Today reports that the obtained screenshots come from v2.1 and that Samsung was granted patents for this particular Tizen UI revision. SamMobile has the same batch of shots but without the watermark. This batch reveals texting, the gallery, the settings interface, the address book, calling, tabs in the built-in browser, the contact list and more. The overall color theme is white, gray and brown.

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    de5_Roy , December 20, 2013 6:07 AM
    didn't it die and got absorbed into another mobile o.s. already? just give up and get assimilated into the droid army until skynet awakens. resistance is futile. :pt1cable: 
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    obiown77 , December 20, 2013 6:10 AM
    Regardless that apple and google dominate this market, I'm always for and interested in anything open source, I think this *could* pay off.
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    JD88 , December 20, 2013 6:23 AM
    As good as I think Android is, competition fosters innovation. Especially when it's open source.
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    Rotorhard , December 20, 2013 6:36 AM
    I'm always open to more options and competitors but this looks like touchwiz meets Gingerbread. I'll wait.
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    catfishtx , December 20, 2013 6:46 AM
    If you use a Samsung phone like I do, this all looks reasonably familiar. And not in a bad way.
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    wemakeourfuture , December 20, 2013 7:28 AM
    Samsung couldn't build an OS if it dependent on it.

    Bada was god awful. Tizen is trash. Samsung, stay in your lane.
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    obiown77 , December 20, 2013 8:20 AM
    Regardless that apple and google dominate this market, I'm always for and interested in anything open source, I think this *could* pay off.
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    vmem , December 20, 2013 8:49 AM
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    Regardless that apple and google dominate this market, I'm always for and interested in anything open source, I think this *could* pay off.


    c'mon, this is samsung we're talking about... it'll end up being the linux equivalent of iOS along with a huge push for their samsung app store...
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    shadowed , December 20, 2013 12:02 PM
    If the Kies program is a indicator of samsungs software quality then this should be avoided at all costs.
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    JD88 , December 20, 2013 2:12 PM
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    If the Kies program is a indicator of samsungs software quality then this should be avoided at all costs.


    Agreed. Samsung's hardware tends to be very good, but their efforts into application design need a lot of work. I use practically no Samsung apps on my S3.

    The biggest gain to be seen from Tizen lies in what it might mean for Linux as a whole.
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    wemakeourfuture , December 20, 2013 3:53 PM
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    ahhh...the little apple iDiots are always out in full force with their hate disdain and ignorance.


    Where's the ignorance? I've purchased a Bada phone and used it, it's garbage. Every OS Samsung has tried to come out with is trash.

    They're bundled software for the most part is not good.

    They're only a player in mobile because they accepted defeat from a software level early on, and put Android which they really liked since it was free and there were no other good alternatives to justify paying for an OS. Plus Google at the time was only in the software side of the mobile space.

    I've followed Tizen, it's trash. Only reason Samsung is trying to get back into building an OS is the threat of Google. Google will continue to push their own hardware that has their own software (Android) and allows zero day updates. Most importantly they can subsidize hardware cost unlike Samsung which needs high margins. AKA Amazon and the Kindle

    Funny how you can write nothing but disdain and ignorance in your response but provide zero value to this thread.

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    vern72 , December 20, 2013 4:47 PM
    As long as they don't have to pay the Microsoft tax if it catches on...
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    wemakeourfuture , December 20, 2013 8:39 PM
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    You bought a bada phone like 7 years ago? Just because you bought something in the distant past (7 years in tech is a lot) and didn;t like means everything else is trash? Only trash I see is you the iTrash poster. lol You are an iHick and never ever make any points. Just drivel from a tech illiterate iHick.


    It was 3 years ago, lol. Your assumption is false. You still haven't made a single point. Again, you contribute absolutely nothing to this thread. You don't even understand Samsung's business model, short/mid/long term vision of their software. Only problem is, their software sucks, just like previous iterations.

    You're a Samsung troll, go back to the cave you happen to wonder from.
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    wemakeourfuture , December 21, 2013 6:10 AM
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    1) 3 years is also a huge amount of time in the mobile world and I bet you never owned one. I bet you are like most critics, you lie.


    I bought one for $200 bucks. I have a receipt even, lol, I would not lie about buying a Bada phone, the OS sucks.

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    2) Just saying something sucks does not contribute one thing to this thread. Nada! You are empty even though you write huge posts on a daily basis. Get a job!


    If you actually could comprehend what I wrote, it says, in summary, Samsung has never made a decent mobile OS, they should stay the course that has made them successful, ie. using other people's OS. But you can't grasp that, instead make personal attacks and think that's contribution...

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    3) Samsung troll? I do not even own anything from samsung. You on the other hand are an iHick.


    You're defending them as a troll, not owning a product doesn't exempt you from being one.

    Question: how many times are you going to get banned, create a new account and keep repeating the cycle? There's no good reason to keep creating new accounts to post on TH, just sit in the corner quietly since you offer no value to TH threads.