After integrating its Bada OS into Tizen, Samsung has been in the
works for creating significant devices for the OS for a while now. After
its long lived commitment to Google, it might now finally be
concentrating on the Tizen operating system based on Linux.
Greek Community recently
leaked images of the GT-i8800 codenamed Redwood, a new smartphone
running the Tizen version 2.1.0.
The device looks similar to
existing Android phones from Samsung like the Samsung Galaxy S2. Samsung
has also integrated other features from its Android devices including
Wi-Fi Direct, S Beam and S Voice. Screenshots of the S Voice interface
seem to be quite similar to that on Android, though the 'Hi Galaxy' is
evidently replaced with a 'Hi Tizen'. Another screenshot also shows the
AllShare icon with 'Screen Mirroring' so the device would most probably
offer DLNA connectivity.
The smartphone will be given to around 500 developers participating in the on-going Tizen Developer Conference in San Francisco.
conference also saw the announcement of the Tizen Application Store.
Labeled the 'Tizen Store', the application UI is majorly based around
sliding gestures and featured segmentation. The home page features
editor picks on the left and has tabs such as new and trending,
discounts, smart and events on the right.
Apart from the already
existing paid, free and top grossing sections on other app stores, this
store also has a discounts section where developers can feature their
discounted applications. Settings enable you to receive push
notifications and recommendations from the Tizen Store. It is already
open for developers to submit their applications and Tizen has promised a
turnaround time of 3 days between the submission and approval. In the
demo, applications such as Vimeo and Cut the Rope were spotted.
the leak of Redwood, rumours of another Tizen device had surfaced.
Accordingly to sources,
a web code on Samsung's UAProf website suggested that the Tizen based
GT-i8805 would support LTE and sport a 1280 x 720 pixels display with an
ARM Cortex-A9 chip.
Whether or not emerging alternative platforms
such as Tizen and Ubuntu can be game changers for current popular
platforms like Android, iOS and Windows, is still unknown. But with a
leading Android manufacturer like Samsung focusing on a platform like
Tizen it will be interesting to see what other proprietary features from
existing platforms (apart from S-Voice and S-Beam) might be part of the