Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Jun 2014 12:45 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless


Well, it looks like Samsung finally managed to do what it has been trying to do for a painfully long time - the Korean manufacturer has made its first Tizen-powered phone official. Called the Samsung Z, the phone features a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display of 1280x720 resolution and is powered a quad-core 2.3GHz processor (most like a Snapdragon 800), and runs on version 2.2.1 of Tizen. The Z comes with a new look that should come as a breath of fresh air for those who have gotten bored of Samsung's design language on Android devices (let's face it, who hasn't?), though the overall design seems to be along the same lines as the company's previous efforts.

I want one of these, like, right now. Not only is it an alternative operating system backed by a huge player, it's also very likely to become a rarity a few years down the line. A great and fascinating addition to my collection.

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I'll probably get one also!
by thulfram on Tue 3rd Jun 2014 02:20 UTC
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I've been following the Tizen for about a year, mainly because they half-support an HTML5 API. I also saw them rumored to want to work with Firefox OS, which is 100% HTML5, but nothing seems to have come of that.

My feeling is that because they aren't 100% committed to HTML5 and have some kind of oddball "native" API instead, they'll never get much traction from native-type programmers (who are probably happy with whatever they've got) or HTML5 programmer (who won't want to bother).

And like the Windows 8 phone, I think developers will have a hard time sorting out the message of which set of APIs to use and how to find out which ones are useful. I haven't tried it myself, but I hear developers complaining about how hard it it to figure out Windows 8 Phone programming. So I suspect that Tizen developers will also be similarly confused.

I installed the Tizen SDK a few months ago and found it confusing and finally gave up on it. Pick an OS and stick to it! Having a device support two or more APIs has to create a certain amount of overhead.

That's why I picked Firefox OS and I'm still sticking to it. The API is HTML5 with a few extras for phone stuff, and that's it. Because the system is simple and fast, Mozilla can seriously consider creating a $25 phone. Low hardware requirements, great battery life.

Samsung has a lot of power, so I'm not predicting they will fail, but I'll stick with my Pebble watch, which still gets a weeks use between charging.

I also wonder why Samsung isn't just sticking with Android, except maybe they fear Android will a) make them pay $$ to Microsoft, or b) Oracle may sink Android for using Java.

In any case, these are interesting times for phone, tablet, and watch developers!

PS: If anyone wants to know what I do with Firefox OS, see my blog at or *shameless plug* my book on Amazon at

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