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    Choice is always good, and you can never have too many options when it comes to the competitive yet rigid world of mobile operating systems. Unfortunately, Samsung, much like Microsoft or BlackBerry lately, doesn’t seem very convinced its proprietary platform has what it takes to challenge Android and iOS on a large scale. As such, the third Tizen handheld lands in India today with modest aspirations and a fitting price. Even more so than the Z3, the Samsung Z2 targets first-time smartphone owners, who might be easily impressed by the 4-incher’s 4G LTE support, “unlimited ...

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    With a minuscule reported global market share of 0.2 percent after more than four years of on and off software development work, 18 months since Z1’s commercial release, and a rapidly shrinking supporter roster, you might be wondering why Samsung continues to bet on a seemingly losing horse called Tizen. Well, according to The Korea Herald, the company’s (extremely) long-term plan of “leaving” Android is still on, and Tizen-powered phones will continue to be unveiled in low-end markets such as India, Indonesia, South Africa or Nigeria. Yes, that’s phones, plural, as in more than ...

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    While Samsung’s leap over the number 6 in the recent branding of the newest Galaxy Note installment was certainly surprising, it also had a reasonable explanation (or two), signaling a massive hardware upgrade (which isn’t entirely factual), as well as bringing the S Pen phablet family on the same level with the Galaxy S lineup. That said, it’s much trickier to justify the name of the next-gen Tizen phone for emerging markets, which follows in the Z1 and Z3’s footsteps. No, it’s not the Z4 or Z5, but rather the Samsung Z2, and it fittingly slots between its predecessors in terms ...

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    What's the great comeback story of 2015? BlackBerry delivering arguably its most exciting phone in a long while with the Android-running Priv? Maybe, but when we turn our focus to BlackBerry's own mobile platform, we spot another possible contender: back in November, Tizen edged past BlackBerry as the number-four globally ranked mobile OS. Samsung's initial expansion into Tizen phones may have proved to be much rockier than Tizen's spread across the company's wearable line, but little by little, we've been seeing Tizen show some real growth. We heard that growth could finally propel the ...

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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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    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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    Is it finally about time you started taking Tizen seriously? While at first, Samsung's efforts with the platform may have been interpreted as a petulant response to resenting Google's control over Android, Tizen's slowly been coming into its own, and that's all the more true now with the strong response the new Tizen-powered Gear S2 smartwatch is getting. But while Tizen's got a foothold in Samsung's wearable efforts, Tizen-powered phones have been a whole lot harder to come by, and after the failed Samsung Z launch last year, we finally saw Samsung introduce the Z1 back in January. So ...

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    What is going on with Samsung's Tizen plans? At least, while Tizen seems to pretty clearly have a future with the company's wearables, popping up most recently on the new Gear S2 and Gear S2 classic, progress has been much slower when it comes to Tizen and smartphones. While we ultimately got the Z1 early this year, we haven't heard much about plans for a follow-up; there were rumors of work on a Z2 dating back to the spring, with word that the phone might launch during the second half of the year, but it's been months since we've heard anything. As we wait to see what's happening there, ...

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    Being the CEO of a smartphone company may sound like a dream job to many of us, but there's a big difference between running a firm seeing record sales or even a startup chock full of potential, and heading-up a company with sales that are in decline. Last fall, BlackBerry shuffled its leadership amidst talk of a possible buyout, bringing on John Chen to take reins. As BlackBerry introduced its new Z3 to Indonesia last week (above: shoppers line up to buy the Z3), Chen sat down with The Wall Street Journal to talk a little about being a “turnaround CEO,” budget-priced smartphones, and ...

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    What exactly qualifies as a "remix?" How deluded do you have to be to believe in all these "Prime" rumors? Why are we so transfixed by the notion of lasers on smartphones, and so easily taken in by a smartphone commercial, if it's shot like a trailer for Inception? We tackle these questions, and the biggest announcement section in the history of the podcast, in episode 096 of the Pocketnow Weekly. No, that's not bragging – it's just an unavoidable symptom of a month packed with unboxings, hands-ons, product launches, and reviews (both forthcoming and already-published). But even in the ...

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    During Mobile World Congress this year, BlackBerry made a pair of announcements, but both were quite a bit lacking when it came to details. The company announced its Q20 and Z3, but didn't have so much as a picture of the Q20 to share with us, and precious little to divulge about the Z3's hardware. We were told the Z3 was supposed to go up for sale in Indonesia in March, but that didn't quite happen. Instead, today we learn of the start of pre-orders for the Z3, while also getting those details we've been waiting for about the smartphone's specs. Unlike the Z10 and Z30 with their 1280 x ...

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    We knew to expect new Androids this week, and boy have we seen a lot of them! Those have been joined by handsets on platforms like Firefox OS, and we even got some updates about where Windows Phone is headed. Today, however, we receive news of a couple smartphone launches that have swooped in largely under the radar, as BlackBerry confirms two new BlackBerry 10 models, its Z3 and Q20. The Q20 will be the company's latest model to feature a hardware keyboard, and notably, it has the largest display of any such BB10 device to date; while the Q10 and Q5 had 3.1-inch screens, the Q20's grows ...

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