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Samsung introduces first Tizen phone to compete with Windows and Android

Samsung now has its mobile eggs in three baskets. The company has introduced its first Tizen powered smartphone called Samsung Z. Samsung is already using Tizen in its smart cameras and smart watches.

Though Samsung has refrained from mentioning Android, they do claim that its fast and efficient. “The Tizen platform delivers a fast, optimal performance with improved memory management.” Samsung claims that Tizen offers a fasterstartup time and immediate multi-tasking capabilities. The company also brags about “superb 2D and 3D graphic qualities, smoother scrolling and an improved rendering performance for web browsing.”

Here are the specs of the phone, Samzung Z:


It’s unclear what Samsung wants to achieve with Tizen, when it’s already a market leader with Android. Maybe Samsung wants a more Apple-like approach to own and control the entire stack – from software and hardware. Samsung is already known for vendor lock and keeps non-Samsung Android users out of its ecosystem (if you have Samsung smart TV or BD players, the Anroid app for such devices is available only for Samsung devices).

One huge disadvantage Tizen has when compared with Android is the huge and very well curated app and content ecosystem that Google has created. As far as Samsung Z is concerned, it’s an orginary phone and doesn’t excite from hardware point of view – whether it be design or sensors that come with it. .

What’s Tizen?

Tizen is a Linux-based, Open Source operating system targeted at devices like smartphones, tablets, TVs, laptops, smart-camera, cars, etc. The roots of the OS goes back to LiMo Platform – a software platform for mobile devices. The LiMO foundation was formed back in 2007 and Samsung was one of the founding members. After failed attempts with Moblin and then Maemo (as Nokia started to kill its open source projects under Stephen Elop to become a trusted Microsoft mistress) Intel joined LiMo and then the projects was renamed to Tizen, The Linux Foundation took over the hosting of the project. The Tizen code is build on top of Samsung Linux Platform (SLP). So Tizen has been a Samsung baby from the very beginning, it would be incorrect to say Samsung is now adoption Tizen over Android.

Samsung will start selling the device in Russia and will later expand to other markets. In order to expand a developer community around Tizen Samsung is starting off with “a special promotional program to all developers for one year. Furthermore, Samsung plans to host a Tizen local app challenges in Russia and CIS countries to enrich the Tizen eco-system at the launch of the device.


Tizen Dev Conf 2014 open to student developers for free

Good news for budding developers interested in mobile platforms and devices. The Tizen Developer Conference 2014 (hashtag #TDCSF14) due next week is offering free registration to student developers.

If you are a student interested in working on an emerging mobile platform, Tizen can be a great start. It is a Linux based open source and open standards operating system for devices like smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, laptops and smart cameras. It’s a project within the Linux Foundation and is governed by a technical group headed by Samsung and Intel among others. Member operators, OEMs and manufacturers include Fujitsu, Huawei, Intel, KT Corporation, NEC Casio Mobile Communications, NTT Docomo, Orange S.A., Panasonic Mobile Communications, Samsung, SK Telecom, Sprint and Vodafone.

The upcoming event will be the 3rd annual Tizen Developer Conference. Details:
Venue: Hilton San Francisco, Union Square
Date: Jun 2-4, 2014

The conference will see Tizen developers, app developers, ISVs, platform designers, operator, OEMs, hardware vendors, software vendors, open source enthusiasts and anyone engaged in TIzen assemble together and discuss the technology as well as the Tizen ecosystem. Apart from technical interests, it’s a great networking opportunity as well.

Various tracks available at the conference are:

– Platform development, for those working on Tizen source code.
– App development, with sessions on HTML5 and the native APIs.
– Tutorials and community, which includes porting Tizen to new devices, how to use the SDK, how to create Tizen system images, etc.
– TV, for more info on the Tizen TV architecture and app development.
– IVI, which covers In-Vehicle Infotainment.
– Ecosystem, which includes porting from other platforms to Tizen.
– Wearables, for those developing apps for wearable devices.
– IoT, which covers Tizen for Internet of Things.

Find the detailed schedule here. There are awesome developer giveaways – Gear2 & NUC!

Registration is open. Use the code TDCUNIV14 to get a student discount. Note that students will need to show proof of status during the badge pick up.

Google Glass 2

Samsung may announce Glass in September, powered by Tizen?

Samsung is one of those companies who want to be in as many markets possible. Samsung comprises over 80 companies and has a very diversified business profile. Electronics is no exception; the company is in almost all possible segment and actually ‘dominates’ the smartphone market with its Android offering. There is one segment where the company doesn’t have any presense – smart glass.

According to reports Samsung may announce it’s own Glass Gear at IFA 2014 which will be organised in September. The report also say that it would be powered by Tizen instead of Google’s Android Wear OS. Why would Samsung choose it’s own Tizen over a fully baked Android Wear is uncertain.

Well, it’s only a rumor at the moment so let’s wait for the watch.


Android KitKat coming to older Samsung devices

If you have older Samsung devices that are still stuck on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, and waiting for Android Kitkat to come on your device, here is the good news for you. A recently leaked document at sammobile.com might help get an idea.

Android 4.4 KitKat is not new to people but the latest version of Android has yet to see a wider adoption. Many people are still wondering when they will get that Android KitKat update that Samsung promised. A lot of devices have received their updates, like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and even the Galaxy S3, as well as the Galaxy Note 10.1 — 2014 edition tablet and Galaxy Note 3 phablet.

According to the document, the Galaxy Note 3 Neo and Galaxy S III LTE will be updated this month (the former has already received it in some regions), while the update will arrive on the Galaxy S4 mini (GT-I9190), Galaxy S4 mini LTE (GT-I9195), Galaxy Grand 2 (SM-G7102), Galaxy Mega 5.8 (GT-I9152) and Galaxy Mega 6.3 (GT-I9200) next month. Apparently, Samsung is also preparing Android 4.4.3 for the Galaxy S5 even though Google has not officially announced that version of the OS, and some of the devices on the list could skip directly to 4.4.3 instead of 4.4.2.

samsung kitkat update

According to the source for SamMobile, Samsung is having trouble porting KitKat to its third-generation Galaxy S flagship and has decided to cancel the update for the phone. Things could change in the coming months, but for now, all plans for bringing the update to the Galaxy S III are on hold. It’ll surely displease  users of the device, but unless Samsung can find a solution to whatever issues it is facing, the Galaxy S III will probably spend its life on Android 4.3.

As this is not an official document by Samsung , these release dates are subject to change, but it’s nice to know that Samsung expects to be releasing a good portion of their promised KitKat updates by the end of next month.If the dates turn out to be accurate, we should hear more about these updates soon enough.



HTC has reportedly hired one of Samsung’s former marketing execs

HTC has confirmed the hiring of Paul Golden, former Samsung marketing officer for the US. Golden is credited with initiating and launching the ‘Galaxy’ line or brand that has seen Samsung catapult to not only the lead OEM of Android, but of the world. Golden’s tenure at Samsung lasted for four years between 2008 and 2012. The results of Paul Golden’s brilliance is there for all to see, and the effects are still being felt, with the Galaxy S5 stated as one of the fastest selling ‘Galaxy’ devices to date.

We all know how the story goes. HTC has released stellar devices in the past including the HTC One X, HTC One, and now the HTC One (M8). As great as these devices have been, HTC’s sales have paled in comparison to those of Samsung, although the Taiwanese company did return to profitability in Q4 of 2013. Recent advertising deals with Robert Downey Jr. have not done much to sway the masses, and the catch line — “ask the internet” is dwarfed by Samsung’s, “The Next Big Thing.”

HTC, as well as their fans, will be hoping that Golden will be able to work his magic like he did at Samsung. The truth is that you can have the best product in the world, but if no one knows about it, then no one will buy it. I’m glad that HTC has realised the importance of effective marketing, and have their eyes set on returning to profitability, and not only that, but to re-establishing themselves as a household name in the near future. When all is said and done, a device as beautiful as the MTC One (M8) needs to be known by all tech enthusiasts.

Source: Bloomberg

Samsung to bring Android Wear watch and Tizen phones this year

Samsung will be introducing Google’s Android Wear powered smartwatch and a Tizen powered smartphone in the market this year, Hankil Yoon, senior VP for product strategy at Samsung told Reuters in an interview.

The Korean firm has been trying to enter the smartwatch space but the OS they were using was just not ready for smartwatches. Other Android players were also facing the same challenge. That’s where Google came out with a solution and introduced Android Wear – an OS optimized for smartwatches. Unlike the ‘current’ smartwatch OS, Android Wear offers what a real smartwatch should look like. Android Wear will allow players to offer a really useful smartwatch experience. With Android Wear, Samsung will be able to bring its hardware to the market as quickly as possible.

Why Tizen?

While Samsung is #1 Android player, it is still toying with its own Linux-based operating system – which has transformed into Tizen. Tizen is basically Intel baby which the chip maker has been keeping alive since Moblin days. Tizen is hosted by the Linux Foundation and Samsung has merged its own Bada with it to bring the Linux based OS to the market.

While Tizen as an OS is appealing to Linux folks, it will be really interesting to see how Samsung will build an app ecosystem around it. Currently it has duplicated almost all of Google apps on its Galaxy devices, but how is it going to create services like YouTube, Gmail, Maps or content market like Google Movies and Music is where the real challenge is. Personally I would want to see more competition in the market, but I am not fond of any kind of vendor locks and that’s what worries me about Samsung. Tizen would be more or less iOS for Samsung because the company is known for keeping non-Samsung customers out of its ecosystem.

Samsung’s vendor-lock

One of the biggest criticisms of Samsung is that they are locking all their services with their devices. If you have a Samsung Smart TV, the Android app for it is not available for other Android smartphones. I can’t control my Samsung TV with my Nexus 5 or Nexus 4. You have to have a Samsung smartphone to install the remote. Same is the case with Samsung watches, they work only with Samsung smartphones.

I love Samsung, but this vendor-locking is something I am not fond of. I want to be able to control my devices from any Android device and Samsung’s vendor-locking attitude is making them less appealing to people.

It’s getting hard for me to buy my next Samsung device worrying it will be locked to their own devices and won’t work with my non-Samsung Android devices.

Open up Samsung

Using Open Source is a different thing, being open is what matters more. What good is a Linux-powered open source OS locked into one hardware vendor? I am a huge fan of Samsung and I really want them to open up so everyone can benefit from their work.

Share your thoughts below.


Apple, Google, Samsung announce commitment to anti-theft technology

Anti-theft technology can be a boon for cellphone users. Taking this a step ahead, the wireless industry has announced on Tuesday, their voluntary commitment to include new anti-theft technology on phones from next year.

The list flaunts top five US cellular carriers and key smartphone players like Apple, Google, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, Microsoft, Nokia and Samsung. Having signed the pledge, these companies agree that the devices that go on sale after July 2015 will have the capability to remotely wipe data and turn the device inoperable, if it is reactivated without permission.

Devices that are lost or stolen devices can be later restored if found. Carriers have also agreed that they will offer these services.

There are some players who have already put a mechanism in place like Apple’s iOS 7 update has a feature dubbed Activation Lock prevents a device from being reactivated once lost.

While many state and local lawmakers applauded the agreement, it was panned as inadequate by California state Sen, reported Recode.net. Infact, it was Mark Leno who proposed a mandatory kill-switch law. He said in a statement, “The wireless industry today has taken an incremental yet inadequate step to address the epidemic of smartphone theft. Only weeks ago, they claimed that the approach they are taking today was infeasible and counterproductive. While I am encouraged they are moving off of that position so quickly, today’s ‘opt-in’ proposal misses the mark if the ultimate goal is to combat street crime and violent thefts involving smartphones and tablets.”

Editor’s Note: One concerning issue around this mechanism is that suddenly the government and companies have a kill switch to brick all cell phones. So if there is a revolution like Occupy Wall Street, the government will be able to crush it by bricking all phone of activists or protestors.

Source: Recode.net

Galaxy Tab4

Samsung launches Galaxy Tab4 series

Galaxy Tab4 is here. We’ve been hearing a lot about Samsung’s next batch of Galaxy Tabs since February and our waiting is over, as Samsung announced Galaxy Tab4 tablets.

Korean giant has decided to continue with its usual plan of producing all the phones, in all the sizes, in all the variants, in all the markets, all year long. The new Samsung Galaxy Tab4 line will be offered in a choice of Black or White globally beginning in 2Q, 2014.

The series consists of the 7-inch Galaxy Tab4 7.0, 8-inch Galaxy Tab4 8.0 and the 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab4 10.1. The design has changed a lot from the Galaxy Tab 3, Dual-core processors of the Tab 3 have been replaced with quad-core processors, and also it is thinner and has less weight.

All three Galaxy Tab4 will launch with LTE Cat 4 capability from the get-go, along with Samsung services like Link and WatchOn.

Pricing of Galaxy Tab4 has not yet been announced but these will be affordable, mid-range tablet and we can expect that from price of Galaxy Tab3 8.0. 

The Galaxy Tab4 specs are aimed at the mainstream: 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, 1,200 x 800 WXGA graphics, Android 4.4 KitKat, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of memory, a MicroSD slot and 3/1.3-megapixel front/back cameras on all models. You can find detailed configuration here.

We can definitely expect rich multimedia experience along with the high performance from the whole Galaxy Tab4 family.



Samsung’s Next Big Thing Ad Campaign got Apple’s Phil Schiller obsessed

Samsung and Apple’s war is nothing new. In fact, Samsung’s advertising campaign dubbed Next Big Thing, which made fun of people standing outside Apple stores for launches irked Apple’s marketing chief, Phil Schiller. This claim was made by Samsung, which is in the process of unearthing piles of internal Apple documents for its lawsuit with the company. For the uninitiated, the lawsuit started this week itself in a California court.

John Quinn of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan law firm, who is representing Samsung in the trial told the jury, “We will show you internal Apple documents, documents that haven’t been made public before, and showed how Apple was really concerned about competition from Android, and in particular Samsung. This new, edgy marketing strategy … it drove Apple crazy.”

Quinn presented an internal email from Schiller to his teammates highlighting a Wall Street Journal story titled ‘Has Apple lost its cool to Samsung?’ Schiller’s reply to the email was, “We have a lot of work to do to turn this around.”

Quinn claimed that Schiller got “obsessed” with the campaign, suggesting Tim Cook to look for another ad agency instead of its mainstay TBWA\CHIAT\DAY. The issue was discussed in a board meeting too.

The trial is expected to run the whole month. Apple is reportedly asking for $2 billion in damages and Samsung’s asking for more than $6.9 million.

Source: The Verge


Google wants ‘Powered by Android’ message on all Android devices

Google is finally taking some steps to increase awareness around Android branding When you start your Samsung Galaxy S5 or HTC One M8 you’ll be presented with a new message below the usual boot-up logo. It’s “powered by Android”.

And the reason is, those who use any one of Samsung, HTC, Motorola and Sony for them it is hard to believe that they are using the same technology which has its roots in Android. And that’s the thing google want to change. Google is requiring all Android manufacturers that include its services on a device to prominently display the same “powered by Android” stamp.

Many manufacturers have deviated from what Android should be, so the new requirement may simply be intended to ensure there’s no confusion among smartphone buyers. A new report from Recode claims that the company recently met with Google to begin working out an agreement that could see Samsung’s software move closer to Google’s vision of Android. A source told Recode that the Samsung–Google relationship has gone through “a huge change, a sea change in the last few weeks.”

On Sunday, the two companies announced a broad patent cross-licensing deal  that will see them share key intellectual property — another indication of an improved relationship. Though It’s unclear if this branding is part of the Google Play Services agreement that mandates default positioning and availability of Google Apps on these phones, or how long this mandate will remain in place, but this is something that will apply to all Android phones with access to the Google Play Store in the foreseeable future.

One thing we are sure that “powered by Android” logo on the Smartphone boot screen will put Android as a prominent brand in front of a millions of users in coming months.

The Verge