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There’s some question about how popular the original Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch ended up being, but in any case Samsung announced an update for the Gear that will bring it up to par with the Gear 2 (at least as far as software is concerned). Both devices now have the same user experience. The optional Tizen OS update will primarily give users access to twice the apps as before (140)--which isn’t saying all that much, as we discovered with the Gear 2. Gear 2 Still, the Gear does get some nice updates. You can now store and directly play back music from the device, and Samsung’s S Health is now on board. There are several new UI options, as well, including fonts and homescreen... Read more...
Wearables in general--and smartwatches in particular--are among the hottest tech trends of today. Despite a great deal of hullabaloo over these devices, though, many aren’t quite finding them as compelling as you might think. As a result, there’s a sense that no one has yet figured out the secret sauce that makes a wearable / smartwatch a "much have" device. Samsung is at the forefront of the smartwatch push, looking to develop that perfect swoon-worthy device. The company is already on the second generation of its smartwatch line with its Gear 2, the wearable that we’re looking at today... Samsung Gear 2 Smartwatch Review... Read more...
Wearables in general--and smartwatches in particular--are among the hottest tech trends of today. Despite a great deal of hullabaloo over these devices, though, many aren’t quite finding them as compelling as you might think. As a result, there’s a sense that no one has yet figured out the secret sauce that makes a wearable / smartwatch a "much have" device. Samsung is at the forefront of the smartwatch push, looking to develop that perfect swoon-worthy device. The company is already on the second generation of its smartwatch line with its Gear 2, the wearable that we’re looking at today. Samsung makes some fine mobile devices, but the smartwatch is a different beast... Read more...
Samsung is introducing the Samsung Z smartphone at the Tizen Developer conference tomorrow. The Linux-based Tizen OS is an Android/IOS alternative developed by Intel, Samsung, and other mobile players. It’ll be interesting to see if Tizen phones can put a dent in Android and IOS market share, but for now, we’ll have to wait: the phone is launching first in Russia. Samsung Z with Tizen 2.2.1 Samsung is touting the Z's startup times and quality 2D and 3D graphics capabilities.Obviously, we haven't had a chance to test the Samsung Z's performance ourselves yet, but the specs are worth a look. The phone will run Tizen 2.2.1 and is expected to have a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display at 1280... Read more...
To the surprise of few, Samsung is reportedly working on a VR headset that would compete with the Oculus Rift (now a Facebook joint) and Sony’s Project Morpheus. (And, for that matter, dark horses like GameFace Labs.) According to Engadget, this isn’t just a vaporware project; Samsung already has early units in developers’ hands, and a project launch is expected by the end of the year. The device will act as a peripheral paired with Samsung’s high-end smartphones and tablets. Oculus Rift There’s not much information about the guts of the VR headset, but it should have an OLED screen and run Android games, and it does not use the Tizen OS. Samsung is reportedly looking... Read more...
Remember Tizen, the Linux-based mobile operating system that's backed by Samsung and Intel, among others? There hasn't been much noise about Tizen lately, but rest assured, if you're hoping for another player in the mobile software space, Samsung still has plans of launching Tizen-based handsets later this year. Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung's product strategy, says the company is planning to introduce at least two Tizen smartphones in the second quarter of this year. How the market reacts remains to be seen, but ultimately Samsung hopes to build an entire ecosystem around Tizen so that it doesn't have to rely on Android so heavily. Samsung admitted that Android "still needs... Read more...
Our skepticism of the smartwatch sector having the legs to go the distance hasn't swayed Samsung from forging ahead with second generation models of its Galaxy Gear. Making an official appearance just ahead of Mobile World Congress (MWC) is Samsung's Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, which offer users even more customization than before. According to Samsung, both the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are lightweight gadgets with premium finishes offering a modern flair. Adding to the sleekness is Samsung's decision to integrate the camera into the main body rather than the strap. That also allows Samsung to sell different color straps so users can coordinate with their outfits (or mood). Color options include Charcoal... Read more...
Tizen, the mobile operating system that refused to die, has been resuscitated and is now actually gaining a bit of momentum by adding 15 companies to its partner program, including major domestic and international entities, including Sprint, China’s Baidu and ZTE, and Japan’s SoftBank Mobile. These companies join the 36 existing Tizen partners. “We are gaining support from all segments of the connected device ecosystem, as more organizations realize the opportunity in providing smart phones and connected devices globally from the high-end to the low-end of the market,” said NTT DOCOMO’s Ryoichi Sugimura, a Tizen Association Board Member. “The convergence of... Read more...
Smartphone shoppers generally have four mobile platforms to choose from -- Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry. The majority choose Android or iOS, though believe it or not, the mobile landscape is expanding. Mozilla is making a move with its Firefox OS, and just around the corner is Samsung's first Tizen smartphone, the ZEQ9000. Tizen, if you're unfamiliar, is a Linux-based mobile operating system backed by Samsung and Intel. We were supposed to get our first glimpse of a Tizen smartphone in March, but NTT Docomo, the Japanese network that was to launch the device, decided that three's a crowd in the current mobile market (referring to Android and iOS). That's okay because it appears... Read more...
The launch of the Jolla smartphone, the brainchild of former Nokia employees who wanted to see the Meego OS live on even after Nokia went all-in with Windows Phone, is nigh. The phone launches today in Helsinki, and although the initial launch is limited to the first 450 people who pre-ordered, it’s still a noteworthy event. This fate of the OS formerly known as Meego was in jeopardy when Nokia launched and then immediately discontinued the N9, which was the only phone to run the OS. Then, Intel and Samsung got together and created a new OS based on Meego called Tizen. In the meantime, a group of scrappy Fins based the Sailfish OS on Meego, as well. Jolla has a carrier, DNA, and it also... Read more...
A long and winding road for the Moblin-now-Meego-now-Tizen mobile OS may be reaching a major destination: A release into the market on Samsung smartphones. Backed by both Intel and Samsung, the Tizen OS looks like it will arriving to market on a pair of Samsung smartphones soon. Two phones that are believed to be bearers of Linux-based Tizen, the Samsung GT-I8800 and the Samsung GT-I8805, registered Rightware Browsermark scores on Rightware’s Power Board. Neither are top of the class, although the GT-I8800 currently sits in the 9th spot in the rankings, while the GT-I8805 is at number 21. Samsung GT-I8800 running Tizen (Credit: Tizen Greek Community) Both are running “Tizen Browser... Read more...
Given the success Samsung has had with Android, it's not really surprising that it isn't pushing its own Tizen operating system (co-developed with Intel) as aggressively as it could be. This might even be the first you've heard of Tizen, which is a Linux-based OS designed for a range of devices, including smart TVs, smartphones, tablets, in-vehicle infotainment setups, and more. So, what does the future hold for Tizen? In an interview with Die Welt, a German language publication, Samsung co-CEO Boo-Keun Yoon said that Tizen is going to be used on some of the company's smartphones just like its TVs and home appliances, but declined to give a specific time frame. However, he did indicate that Tizen-based... Read more...
Remember Tizen? It’s the open source mobile operating system that Samsung and Intel partnered on back in 2011 (and may be actually running on handsets this year); formerly, it was MeeGo (which was famously scrapped the same day it debuted on Nokia’s N9 handset), and before that it was called Moblin. Many have either forgotten all about Tizen or assumed it had evaporated into the ether, but according to Network World, the OS is very much alive and well--although it has a long way to go in a tough market. Competition: Firefox Os What Tizen really has going for it is that its primary backers are Samsung and Intel. Samsung likely views Tizen as a nice option for lower-end phones, in addition... Read more...
Will 2013 be the year of the open-source mobile OS? Not too long ago, U.S. smartphone users had a wealth of options, between WebOS, iOS, Android, Symbian, Bada -- you name it. Now, however, that list has shrunk considerably, but it may be ramping back up soon. Just a day after the Ubuntu OS was announced for mobile, Samsung has come forward to announce that it will sell Tizen-based phones later in 2013. Tizen is a little-known mobile OS that is actually backed by chip giant Intel. According to Samsung: "We plan to release new, competitive Tizen devices within this year and will keep expanding the lineup depending on market conditions." Reportedly, Samsung is looking for ways to reduce its reliance... Read more...
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