It looks like we’ll finally see the very first Tizen-powered smartphone launching in November.
According to TizenExperts, at this time Samsung will unveil a smartphone running its own OS in India. This won’t be the earlier announced Samsung Z, but some completely different device that will cater towards folks on a budget.
Actually, not one but two phones could be launched at that time, marked as Samsung SM-Z130E or SM-Z130H. While we don’t have the specs sheet of this duo, we do know they won’t be as sexy and powerful as the Z.
Nevertheless, the Korean company will make sure owners of these two phones get a rock solid user experience all with access to Sammy’s array of apps and services. These would include Samsung’s smart learning digital education store; and Samsung Club 2.0, which offers content from over 90 Indian TV Channels, with the ability to play videos both online and offline.
“We started late, but we are very focused. We are not shooting in the wild. This is a game that has to be led by the device manufacturer and not the pipe (telecom operators),” said Tarun Malik, Samsung’s director of media solutions center, South West Asia.
Malik went on to add that Samsung’s content offering is better than what telecom operators have. “We have a few more (offerings) in the pipeline over the next couple of weeks,” he said.
Alas, it remains to be seen whether access to content and services can help the Tizen platform find its place under the Sun. Although Samsung can come up with a compelling deal, the lack of many popular games and apps that are readily available on Android make any new platform a tough sell. We’ll see where this goes…