The much-anticipated first Tizen smartphone from Samsung might see the
light of day at MWC 2014, if a new report is to be believed.
has claimed that it received an invite from Samsung and Intel, which
also backs the Tizen program, about an event scheduled in February. The
site quotes the invite, "an exclusive sneak preview of the newest Tizen
devices." Unfortunately, the invite does not reveal any details about
the devices to be announced at the event.
The report cites Geoff
Blaber, vice president research at CCS Insight, who suggests that
Samsung has to show commercial devices at the Mobile World Congress
In November, Samsung's alleged GT-I8800 Redwood Tizen smartphone was spotted in benchmarks. The latest version of
Tizen (version 3.0), the Linux-based open source operating system which
is backed by Intel and Samsung, was also released at the Tizen developer Summit in November.
Among major changes,
under the hood, it looked like Tizen 3.0 would support 64-bit
processors including Intel x86 architecture and ARM chips, in addition
to improved performance, and support for more RAM. Samsung also
announced that the NFC and Wi-Fi enabled mirrorless camera, the NX300M,
as the first Tizen-based device.
In addition, Sammobile
has leaked a batch of screenshots of the yet-to-be-announced Tizen
UI, which was revealed by the Korea Intellectual Property Rights
Information Service database. The leaked screenshots reveal a number of
preloaded apps such as contacts, calendar, dialler, messenger and even
shows the notification toggle bar.
Notably, the apps and the
entire UI seem quite similar to Android and even Samsung's TouchWiz UI.
The site also notes that the alleged Tizen UI screenshots include some
apps that come preloaded on Samsung's Galaxy smartphones powered by
Android which include a Driving Mode and the S Beam.