Tizen is finally coming to smartphones, and it could be Samsung’s insurance policy against overreliance on Google and Android. Samsung announced that it plans to bring Tizen to smartphones with the Samsung Z, which will be available in Russia starting in Q3 2014, with other markets to follow later in the year.
The Z will feature a 4.9-inch 1280 x 720 super AMOLED display with a 2.3 GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of onboard storage, 2D and 3D graphics support, a front-facing 8-megapixel camera, and a rear-facing 2.1-megapixel camera. The Tizen interface will reportedly allow for a fast start-up time, swift multitasking, and personalization aspects such as color theme settings. Tizen is an open-source, Linux-based operating system with strong web browsing capabilities, which might interest developers looking to make HTML5 apps for the OS.
Tizen is already running on the Samsung’s Galaxy Gear (via a manual update as the watch originally shipped with Android), and the Gear 2. While Samsung isn’t ditching Android outright, Tizen will allow Samsung to better control its products and future in the industry.
Samsung will show off the new Z smartphone at the Tizen Developer Conference, starting this week in San Francisco. Pricing information is not yet available for the device.