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Samsung ‘Pride’ rumored to be the first smartphone to run Tizen 3.0 OS

It is expected that the Tizen 3.0 OS will support Bixby voice assistant.

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Samsung has been long developing the next iteration of its in-house Tizen OS. The third version of the company s mobile operating system is now set to make its debut with Samsung s upcoming smartphone. Internally known as Samsung Pride, the smartphone will be the first to ship with Tizen 3.0 OS out-of-the-box.

The Tizen OS-powered smartphones are targeted at emerging markets including India, Bangladesh, and Nigeria. Now based on the latest reports, the purported model goes by the number SM-Z250F. It is speculated that Samsung plans to market the smartphone s voice control functionality rather than its hardware, suggesting the smartphone could offer average specifications.

As of now, there are no details available about the specifications of the purported smartphone. However, if the reports about voice control functionality are anything to go by, then we may see Bixby making its debut on the entry-level smartphone. Bixby is Samsung s digital assistant in-the-making. Rivalling the likes of Apple s Siri and Microsoft s Cortana, Bixby is widely rumored to feature in the upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone. Given that the assistant is originally designed to run with the Galaxy S8 which will be undoubtedly an Android-based smartphone- it will be interesting to see how Samsung plates to its Tizen customers.

Recently, the company launched its Gear S3 smartwatch in India, which runs on Tizen-based wearable OS 2.3.2. The new set of smartwatches come in Classic and Frontier variants with the latter offering LTE support in some markets. Launched in India at a price of Rs 28,500, the smartwatches come with built-in NFC, GPS, and an SOS option for emergency situations.

To put into perspective, alternative to the current leader Android, the Tizen OS was first announced in 2012, but has not witnessed much growth. Last year, the company officially announced the new version of the OS, hinting at the release of compatible devices by the end of 2016. However, by far we are yet to hear any official word on the same. ALSO READ: Samsung Gear S3 hands-on and first impressions

Tizen 3.0 is a major upgrade over its last version. In terms of improvements, it will be a 64-bit capable OS and will offer IoT-ready making it compatible with smart appliances, wearables, in-car entertainment systems, and even virtual-reality headsets. It will further work with 4K screens and could come with support for Vulkan APIs for graphic-heavy gaming. The Tizen 3.0 OS is 30 percent faster than the older Tizen 2.4 version, a PC World report notes.

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  • Published Date: January 25, 2017 3:56 PM IST