Samsung has officially announced the new Z3 smartphone, which the South Korean phone maker is positioning as an advanced, powerful, feature heavy, and easily customizable handset powered by Tizen, the open source mobile operating system that it developed on its own.
One week ago, Samsung held a major conference in New York City, officially announcing its two newest phablets -- the Galaxy Note 5 and the curvy Galaxy S6 Edge+. During this event, the South Korean mobile giant also managed to tease its new upcoming wearable device, the Samsung Gear S2. To the delightful surprise of everyone, the newest smartwatch appeared to be a major upgrade over its predecessor, the Samsung Gear S, at least in looks.
As indicated in a report published by Reuters, Samsung definitely has plans to bring Tizen, the mobile operating system it created and developed, to more mobile devices before the end of 2015.
Citing sources claiming to have direct knowledge of the South Korean phone maker's plans, Reuters reported that Tizen will be arriving in several new mobile devices, even spanning across various smartphone price ranges, from entry level to midrange to premium.
2015 may well end up as the year that wearable devices finally caught took off with consumers. Well, at least according to market research firm IDC.
As predicted by IDC, there will be an estimated 72.1 million units of wearable devices that will be shipped worldwide in 2.15. That number is truly impressive, especially so when you consider that it is equivalent to a surge of 173 percent compared to the 26.4 million units of wearable devices that were shipped last year across the globe.
And that is not all. IDC is also forecasting that wearable devices will see a compound yearly growth rate of 42.6 percent over the next half decade. This will result to a total of 155.7 million units of wearable devices that will be shipping by the time 2019 rolls in.
Samsung has just made the app store for Tizen, its alternate mobile operating system, available to 182 countries, which now includes the United States, the United Kingdom, and China, as confirmed to the Wall Street Journal.
It's about time. After many delays, Samsung has finally launched its first Tizen-powered handset. The Z1 smartphone will go on sale in India starting Wednesday for about $92.
Obviously, the Samsung Z1 is not meant to compete directly against the iPhone or Samsung's own Galaxy Note and Galaxy S lineup of phones. But with a budget price, it should be a nice option for people looking to buy an inexpensive smartphone.
Samsung had thought about launching its first Tizen-powered smartphone numerous times in 2014, but instead has been repeatedly delaying the unveiling throughout the year. However, it appears that the South Korean phone maker is finally gonna go ahead and do it and introduce its new Tizen-powered handset in January next year.
For those not familiar with Tizen, it is an open-source software that basically anybody can use. For Samsung, Tizen might provide a means for breaking away from the Android platform, the predominant system used in most of the phone maker's smartphones.
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