Samsung is refusing to give up on its proprietary Tizen operating system for hand-held devices, and is planning to release a new smartphone running that OS.
According to Tech News Today, Samsung has confirmed that it will release a new smartphone, dubbed the Samsung Z3, as a successor to the Tizen-powered Z1 that was launched in India in January this year
Although the Z1 made a poor impression in the Indian market, NDTV said that the company’s branch in India announced on Tuesday last week that it has achieved a milestone of 1 million units sold of the Tizen-powered smartphone.
The milestone was achieved in less than six months, Samsung India’s Asim Warsi said in the NDTV article.
“Our insights have shown that consumers hesitate to move beyond the familiar basic and simple interaction with their mobile devices… We are happy to see the response the device has received and will continue to grow the range for Tizen- powered smartphones,” Warsi, Samsung India’s Vice-President for Marketing, Mobile and IT is quoted by the article as saying.
While there have been no specifications released as of date, Tech News Today noted that the Z3 might come with similar features with the Z1 and a few upgrades in hardware. However, no major change is expected since the handsets fall in the budget segment.
The Z1 was powered by a dual-core Spreadtrum processor backed by 512MB RAM, and a 3.5 megapixel rear camera, the website said.
The Z3 could be unveiled in Samsung’s upcoming developers’ conference in India, Tech News Today added.
Reuters also revealed that Samsung will release different Tizen-powered smartphones this year “at varying prices.”
Similar to Google’s Android, CNET said, Tizen is an open-source operating system designed to power not only smartphones but also tablets and televisions.
NDTV also said that the OS was used on Samsung’s Gear Smartwatches.
Initially designed to compete with iOS and Android, CNET said that Samsung was forced to offer Tizen-powered devices in emerging markets like India, where there is demand for low-end smartphones, as a result of delays and setbacks.