Samsung has started rolling out the Tizen 2.4 update to its Samsung Z1 smartphone in India. The update, which was in beta testing programme since September last year, weighs in at 262MB and brings loads of new features. To recall, the Z1 came with Tizen 2.3 out-of-the-box.
While the Tizen 2.4 update (Z130HDDU0CPB1) weighs 262MB for regular Z1 users, it weighs only 17MB for Tizen 2.4 Beta testers, say Tizen Experts. Some of the new services included in the OTA update are Ultra Data Saving Mode, password protected private memos, WhatsApp Calling, and some improvements in Message, Smart Manager, Camera, Music Player, Video Recorder, and Settings applications. The smartphone lock screen has also been updated.
The Samsung Z1 should have more than 50 percent battery for the Tizen 2.4 update. Since it is rolling out in phases, it might take a while to reach all the handsets in the region. Users can check for updates by going in to the Settings option, followed by About Device > Software Update > Update. The Tizen 2.4 update will be reaching Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka in about a week.
In November last year, a market research report claimed Samsung's Tizen OS overtook BlackBerry OS to become the fourth largest smartphone operating system in Q3 2015. The report added that Tizen for the first time surpassed BlackBerry to gain a place in top five largest OS platforms.
The company in October launched its Samsung Z3 smartphone in India. The handset already runs Tizen 2.4 out-of-the-box. The South Korean tech giant is also rumoured to be working on a high-end Tizen-based smartphone. The company is also speculated to expand its Z line of handsets or introduce a new series altogether.