Ars Technica reported yesterday (June 2) on the new Samsung Z, Samsung's first phone running its proprietary Tizen OS.
*July 28 Update: Samsung Z and Tizen OS may be "doomed." Computerworld reported that the Samsung Z will be delayed. This is a second round of delays, since the phone was previously supposed to debut at MWC in March, but did not. I honestly wasn't sure about Tizen in the first place. Why would Samsung divert from Android when it's already the number-one manufacturer on the OS? It confuses me.
"(Tizen is) a Samsung-built OS that basically looks and works like a clone of Android but doesn't have anything to do with Google's open source OS," wrote Ars Technica's Ron Amadeo.
Amadeo says the phone is a mix of midrange and high-end Samsung components. It has a 4.8" 1280x720 AMOLED screen, a 2.3GHz quad core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, an 8MP camera, and a 2600 mAh battery. It also has some Galaxy S5 features: a heart rate sensor, a fingerprint scanner, and the same power-saving mode.
Interestingly, the Z will only be available in Russia for the time being. Amadeo notes that while Tizen is not an "Android fork," it has the same problems as Android forks. "Namely, how do you replace the Google serivces that Android and iOS have?"
This is where the Russian angle comes in. Tizen will work with Yandex, a Russian company sometimes called the "Google of Russia," Amadeo adds. "Yandex offers a range of services for Android, the biggest of which is Yandex.Kit, which bills itself as a drop-in replacement for the Android Google apps," he writes. "Yandex.Kit comes with a new search engine, launcher, app store, dialer, browser, maps, and mail service."