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    Tizen isn't the most exciting mobile platform out there right now, but Samsung wants to keep progress going on its baby. After all, it is outdoing BlackBerry's sales in some markets. And to further things along, we may soon see a Z2. TIZEN CAFE on Twitter has put up what looks to be South Korean import listings for components of a phone called the SM-Z200F with an SS (we presume to be "screen size" or four (inches). As Samsung's first Tizen phone, the Z1 also had a four-inch display, though with the step up in moniker, we'd want to assume that we're looking forward to something ...

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    Lenovo subsidiary ZUK has been working on its Z2 handset, a sequel to its first one released back in August. But the parent company has been very much keen on having ZUK lead the company's innovations — the international Z1 featured Cyanogen OS. More change is on the way for two ZUK models, both slated to have 4.7-inch 720p displays and the MediaTek Helio P10 chipset, the latest high-end silicon from the Taiwanese manufacturer for mid-range phones. There will also be a fingerprint sensor and ZUK's ZUI skin, though we don't know what OS it will mask (Cyanogen or Android). The only real ...

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    BlackBerry made a controversial move when finally jumping on the Android bandwagon, and while the financially struggling Canadian company insists it remains committed to its own proprietary platform, throwing in the OS towel altogether seems the right call nowadays. It started looking that way a long time ago, to be honest, as BlackBerry OS not only fell considerably behind the two market leaders holding the industry in a dangerous duopoly situation, but also lost contact with the bronze medalist. Needless to highlight Windows Phone (or should we say Windows Mobile now?) isn’t in a rosy ...

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    Samsung's sprawling ecosystem, Tizen, has had plenty of support from the company. How and why it continues to do so as its smartphone shipments are stagnating, we don't know. But the small platform has had a hero phone to coalesce around, the Samsung Z3. As it pushes into more markets, the hope is that the chaebol can corral all the money it can from mobile instead of a fair portion of the money it makes from Android. Part of the problem operating a mobile operating platform that few people are using? Little ecosystem. Sure, the web is all right there for people to use, but sometimes an ...

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    Officially released in the five biggest European markets just a couple of weeks back at prices converting to the rough equivalent of $430, the Cyanogen OS-powered ZUK Z1 can be purchased now if you hurry (and are lucky) for much less. Specifically, $280, two-year warranty included, from international e-tailer AliExpress, which remarkably also ships the 5.5-inch Android worldwide for no extra fee. What’s the catch, you ask? Well, there were only 1,000 units on sale to start with, and at the time of this writing, almost half have already been ordered. If bargain hunters keep it up, all ...

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    Well, that sure didn’t take long. The rookie smartphone effort of a little known Chinese company called ZUK was barely announced domestically a couple of months back, securing Cyanogen as a key software partner soon after, and already, folks living in all “big five” European markets can purchase the Z1 from their local Amazon e-outlets. Of course, ZUK isn’t your typical OnePlus or LeTV-like mobile neophyte. The seemingly obscure brand belongs to giant Lenovo, which reportedly climbed from number six to five in the Q3 global shipment ranks. As such, the ZUK Z1 comes not only with ...

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    Let’s not act surprised. We’ve been waiting for a few months now for Samsung’s sophomore Tizen effort, and though it follows in the footsteps of the Z1, we never expected it to be called Z2. Instead, it’s dubbed Z3 in a Windows 10-like ploy meant to draw attention to its generation-skipping major upgrades. But emerging markets remain the primary focus of the Tizen project, at least as far as smartphones go, so this is by no means a powerhouse. How could it have been when it’s priced at the equivalent of $130 (Rs. 8,490) in India? Still, you get quite a lot of bang for your buck, ...

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    Samsung has long been tipped to skip a number in the branding of its next-generation Tizen handheld to highlight the prospective Z3’s radical evolution over the original Z1. After a short rumor mill hiatus, the Z3 name started to pop up in online reports again a couple of weeks back, and various evidence seems to suggest a wider global spread is in the pipeline this time around. Of course, markets like India and Bangladesh, which responded surprisingly well to the Z1, will remain a major focus of the fledgling platform, and so, it’s fitting to see Z3 assembly kicked off in Noida. ...

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    Even when you're a smartphone giant like Samsung, it's no easy task convincing shoppers to try their luck with an unknown mobile platform. But that's just what Samsung's been doing with Tizen, and after a bumpy start, the company managed to finally get a phone out to market, with the introduction early this year of the Z1. With over 100,000 sales in the first month, the Z1 looked like it might actually be a solidly performing model. But would that pace keep up over time, especially with the arrival of new Samsung handsets? Six months from the phone's release, it looks like we can say ...

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    On January 14, about a month ago, Samsung decided to make its first Tizen-powered smartphone official. The phone with a four-inch WVGA screen and a 1.2 GHz Dual Core Processor was only announced for India, initially, and according to industry sources cited by Business Korea, its market performance is better than expected. More than 100,000 units have been sold (the source mentions "people who chose" the phone, so we're quite sure we're looking at sales, not units shipped) since its debut, in India. In Bangladesh, since its February 3 availability, 20,000 units reached their owners, for a ...

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    On the surface, the Samsung Z1 isn't a very compelling phone for most of us. It's only got ¾ GB RAM (768 MB), a dual-core 1.2 GHz Processor, and a 1500 mAh battery.  I doesn't stop there, either. With 4GB storage, and a 4-inch screen with a resolution of 480 x 800, you're not going to see the Z1 competing with anything even approaching a "flagship". That's okay for it's target: emerging markets. After all, it runs the lightweight Tizen OS - not Android. What if it did run Android? What if the Samsung Z1 were an Android One phone? Android One Android One is a relatively new program ...

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    After hearing lots or reports, rumors, and even leaks in the past, for the longest time, the Samsung Z1 announced today is indeed the company's first Tizen phone. Back in December we knew to expect it this month, but with no exact release date; however, today, it becomes official. There was a lot of speculation behind the phone (and Samsung's move), with the general consensus being that Samsung is testing the waters with its own OS, Tizen, in its move to have a backup plan and/or try to reduce its dependency on Google's Android mobile platform (which it leads, by the way, in terms of ...

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    With the end of the year now in sight, it seems pretty safe to say that 2014 is going to pass us by without the release of a smartphone running the Tizen platform. While the operating system has made its way into things like cameras and smartwatches, Samsung's efforts to deliver a handset powered by Tizen have so far come up short – we got so close with the announcement of the Samsung Z back in June, but that never had the momentum to make it through to a commercial release. And while 2014 won't be the year that Tizen phones make their retail debut, it looks like 2015 won't have to share ...

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    Soon we'll be reflecting on some of the memorable moments in mobile tech this year, and beyond picking out our favorite devices, we'll also be thinking about those that really managed to disappoint. And while that list will include all sorts of smartphones that we expected more from, at least most of those will be handsets that actually came out – unlike the first Tizen phone. Because while the Samsung Z was announced all the way back in June, its release plans quickly fell apart. Word was that even that upset wouldn't be the last we heard of Tizen, and for the past couple months now ...

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    Every so often, we get to talking about how much storage is available on our phones out of the box – and not the 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB on the spec flyer, but how much is actually free for us to use, after system software, OEM add-ons, and all that pre-installed bloat is accounted for. The thing is, we only pay a lot of attention to it after we first notice it's a problem – like how Microsoft found itself in hot water when Surface RT owners noticed their “32GB” tablets only having 16GB free. What we don't usually see is a nice breakdown, comparing the situation on a whole lot of ...

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