Posts tagged with: Tizen
  • by | February 18, 2014 5:00 PM

    Something needs to change with the Galaxy Gear. Samsung's aware of this, and for a while now we've been expecting the company to prepare a second-gen Galaxy Gear for this spring, hoping to correct some of the missteps the first smartwatch made. But what, exactly, could Samsung be hoping to change? Would it finally open the watch up to operation with non-Samsung Androids? Could it significantly improve the watch's battery life? What about doing something about that big camera bulge on the strap? As we wait for answers, an unexpected theory crosses our desk, with the suggestion that Samsung ...

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  • by | February 13, 2014 8:05 PM

    So much of our Tizen coverage is focused on Samsung that's it's easy to forget that this is not some one-man show. Up front, we've got Samsung and Intel in the lead, but there are a number of other companies involved as members and partners of the Tizen Association. Those include OEMs like Huawei, as well as carriers and software firms. This week, a whole bunch of new names join the effort, including a couple you should recognize. Out of the 15 new Tizen Association members, the most interesting may be ZTE. Along with Huawei, it represents one of the more prominent OEMs to get involved ...

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  • by | February 10, 2014 4:33 PM

    The idea that Samsung could deliver the Galaxy S 5 in multiple hardware configurations with differences more profound than simply SoC choice and radio support is one with a fair amount of support behind it – it may not be a certainty, but no one would be surprised should something like that end up being confirmed. But while trying to suss-out the meaning behind all those GS5 model numbers may be a full-time job in and of itself, the phone is far from the only hardware in Samsung's pipeline, and today we hear a little about a couple new models from different families, a new “Value ...

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  • by | February 3, 2014 4:48 AM

    We're all familiar with Samsung's Tizen efforts, and how the phone-maker is trying to somehow either compete with Android and iOS, or secure a position of survival should its Android plans, at one point, fail. However, that's a very brave hypothesis as Samsung is currently the most successful Android OEM, and the company has recently signed a ten-year cross-licensing agreement with Google (though Mountain View is trying to limit Samsung's customization of Android lately). The Wall Street Journal reports that Samsung's Tizen plans are hitting some roadblocks though, in the form of carriers ...

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  • by | January 30, 2014 11:36 AM

    As we gear up in anticipation of Tizen's inevitable commercial launch, we've been having more and more chances lately to check out some of the platform's hardware. On Monday we had that render, followed by an in-the-wild shot on Tuesday. The latter we were told showed Samsung's model SM-Z9005, and that's the very hardware we return to focus on today, upon the discovery of an eBay listing for the Tizen smartphone. A little confused at what you see? That's understandable, because we've witnessed two distinct looks for hardware claiming to be model SM-Z9005. Last fall, we learned about ...

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  • by | January 29, 2014 7:57 PM

    "Welcome to the Tizen Association, an industry consortium dedicated to providing in-market support and actively shaping the industry presence of Tizen." That's the message which appears when you visit tizenassociation.org. And I want to focus on the latter half of that sentence: "… dedicated to providing in-market support and actively shaping the industry presence of Tizen." In 2013, Tizen was mentioned here and there, devices were rumored, and we got a few glimpses at what to expect on the software side of things. The unofficial progress reports showed the platform growing and ...

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  • by | January 28, 2014 3:36 PM

    Last year, we were lucky to hear about developments in the Tizen world maybe once or twice a month. But the arrival of 2014 has really seen Tizen taking on a higher profile, and as we anticipate the coming launch of its first commercial hardware, more and more Tizen news has been coming out of the woodwork. Yesterday we checked out a possible render of a Tizen handset, though we had a few reservations about just how legitimate it might be. Today we follow that up with an in-the-wild shot of some more Tizen hardware, and this time with a lot more certainty that we're looking at the real ...

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  • by | January 27, 2014 1:07 PM

    January has not been the best month so far concerning new of the upcoming Tizen platform. We've heard bad news about plans for just where Tizen hardware might be sold, bad news about carrier interest in the platform, and bad news for anyone hoping to see a Tizen phone arrive before summer. The only saving grace has been seeing invitations go out for a Tizen MWC event, confirming that progress is still moving forward to one extent or another. Today, our Tizen coverage gets the jump-start it has sorely needed in the form of a leaked render for what may be among the first commercial Tizen ...

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  • by | January 22, 2014 12:00 PM

    Oh, Tizen, you just can not catch a break, can you? Last fall we were hoping to get news of the first commercial Tizen smartphones only to be told that we'd have to wait until 2014. And now we've been hopeful that we might get word at MWC in February, despite recent news of certain carriers getting cold feet towards the platform. Well, while there's still an off chance that we might get to see some new hardware at the expo, we're not expecting to see any big launches, as Samsung reveals that it's had to push back its Tizen schedule. The company confirms that it was initially planning to ...

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  • by | January 16, 2014 11:34 AM

    Are the first commercial Tizen smartphones nearly here? Well, maybe, if we're to believe the latest rumors. Sure, they've missed the mark in the past, and all those anticipated 2013 launches failed to actually occur, but now we've got our sights on MWC 2014, and are optimistic that these handsets are finally about to see the light of day. Even once they're official, though, there's still the question of just where they'll be sold. We've already heard that the US is out of the running, and today get word that a major Japanese carrier is scrapping its own plans for being involved with the ...

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  • by | January 10, 2014 2:18 PM

    They've taken their sweet time in getting here, but Tizen devices are on their way. While there are no assurances, it sure sounds like we're getting ready to see some of the first commercial models at the Mobile World Congress next month. But even if they do actually launch, who's going to get them? Well, we we saw one device pass through the FCC late last month, but that guy was pretty clearly destined for operation in Japan. While we still lack a comprehensive understanding of which markets are due to see Tizen phones, there's one we can now count out, as a Samsung exec explains that the ...

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  • by | December 26, 2013 11:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the recent rumors of a Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, which should launch at CES 2014. We continue with Samsung as we get some reports that the company is building a fitness band, aside from their current fitness gear. Yes, Samsung continues, this time with Tizen and some leaked specs of their first device running the OS. Sony then follows as we hear that the Smartwatch 3 has just reached the FCC for review. We end today's show talking about the 3D printed 2014 HTC One that just got leaked. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Rumors ...

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  • by | December 24, 2013 4:45 PM

    It feels like we've been waiting – well, pretty much forever (or, more accurately, a couple years now) – for Samsung to release a commercial smartphone running the new Tizen OS. Sure, there's been developer hardware, and non-phone devices running Tizen, but we've been craving a proper handset – one people will actually go out and buy. The word's been that MWC might be our chance to see what Samsung has to offer, but until then, at least one Tizen phone appears to have made an early showing at the FCC. The model in question is Samsung's SC-03F, a device identified last month in log ...

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  • by | December 20, 2013 3:50 AM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about our coverage of Jolla's first smartphone, and what we should expect from it in the weeks to come. We later talk about Samsung's plans for Tizen, which are closer than you might think. Then we cover some positive news on the wooden Moto X, aside from a new Moto Maker strategy in January. Then we cover Nokia's plans for future Lumia smartphones, aside from the Black update to the Lumia 1020. We end today's show talking about the CyanogenMod expansion to greener pastures. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Unboxing the Jolla phone: ...

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  • by | December 19, 2013 11:20 AM

    Earlier this year, we were holding out hope for seeing the first commercial Tizen-running smartphones debut this fall, but our expectations were eventually forced to shift forward into 2014. And while we have seen Tizen-based devices go up for sale, we haven't been talking about phones. Well, 2014's coming up on us fast, so when might we actually hope to see this hardware debut? Our eyes are firmly focused on the Mobile World Congress, as we get word today that invitations have been going out for “an exclusive sneak preview of the newest Tizen devices.” While that doesn't spell-out ...

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