Science & technology
Samsung's new Tizen phone touted for bigger things
Publish Date: Jun 04, 2014
Samsung's new Tizen phone touted for bigger things
Samsung phone powered by Tizen-based mobile device operating system. PHOTO/AFP
  • mail
  • img
newvision

SAN FRANCISCO - Samsung on Tuesday unwrapped its new smartphone using the Tizen platform, a move aimed at breaking away from Google's Android and staking a claim to the "Internet of Things."
 
The South Korean consumer electronics colossus showed off the Samsung Z, its first Tizen-powered smartphone, in a break from the ubiquitous Android operating system used in the majority of its devices.
 
Samsung touted Tizen as a platform not just for phones, but for a range of connected devices from home appliances to door locks and watches which may communicate with one another in the future.
 
The unveiling came a day after Apple -- a few blocks away in San Francisco -- unveiled a coming new version of its iOS mobile operating system with capabilities that could have iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices vying for that same spot in the middle of a what is billed as the booming Internet-of-Things.
 
The world's biggest smartphone maker made its pitch at the Tizen Developer Conference, a forum that aims to help the platform become a rival to Android and Apple's iOS.
 
Samsung showed off a line of Tizen-powered devices ranging from Tizen-Android cameras to its freshly announced smartphone powered entirely by the South Korean technology firm's open-source operating system.
 
Samsung even teased a prototype smart television that connects to rich online content using Tizen.
 
Along with being enticed with contests offering cash prizes for winning applications, the approximately 1,000 developers at the keynote presentation were urged to check out an Open Smart Home project for "monitoring and controlling devices in the home or on the body all together" whether from one's living room or from half a world away.
 
"The goal of this project is to have it evolve into services for the entire Internet-of-Things," Samsung executive vice president and Tizen technical steering committee co-chair Jong-Deok Choi said during an on-stage presentation.
"We plan to have this project implemented through Tizen."
 
Samsung announced Monday the launch of a new smartphone based on its own operating system, in a step towards independence from the Google Android platform that dominates its popular handsets.
 
The Samsung Z, which has been specially developed to run on the Tizen platform, will go on sale in Russia in the third quarter of this year before reaching other markets.
 
The vast majority of Samsung's devices, including its flagship Galaxy S smartphones, use the Android operating system.
 
Related stories
 
 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Facebook awards
Facebook on Wednesday awarded a $50,000 Internet Defense Prize to a pair of German researchers with a seemingly viable approach to detecting vulnerabilities in Web applications....
Apple
Freshly split Apple shares closed at a high on Tuesday, with investors evidently betting the California company will debut popular new gadgets, perhaps a smart watch and an iPhone 6....
Vision Group
At least 15 tech-savvy journalists have been deployed to man social media during the much-anticipated fourth edition of Vision Group’s Pakasa Forum this Saturday....
China Mobile net profit drops 8.5% on competition, regulation
China Mobile, the world's biggest mobile operator by subscribers, said its half-year net profit fell by 8.5 percent, blaming the downturn on fierce competition and market reforms....
China
Lenovo on Thursday posted a 23 percent jump in quarterly net profit, beating market estimates as the Chinese technology giant logged strong sales of personal computers and smartphones....
Robo-cook:robot restaurant boots up in China
It's more teatime than Terminator - a restaurant in China is electrifying customers by using more than a dozen robots to cook and deliver food....
Will strict traffic laws reduce road accidents?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter