Samsung on Wednesday said its proprietary mobile operating system Tizen has the second-largest market share in the budget segment of smartphones in India after Android. “Tizen is the second-largest OS in the budget segment in India,” Asim Warsi, Samsung India vice president, IT and mobile, told IANS on the sidelines of the launch of the Z3. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy F62, Galaxy M02 support page goes live in IndiaAlso Read - Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra in pictures: What’s it like for real?
Interestingly, Tizen has no competition in the budget segment as Windows is the only other OS that makes budget smartphones. Samsung’s Tizen OS also runs its other products like cameras, wearables and smart TVs. Also Read - Samsung is bringing 90Hz OLED to laptops, mass production to begin in March
“The new Z3 comes with an upgraded version of the Tizen OS and is faster than ever before with more apps like My Galaxy that will cater to the needs of Indian customers,” Warsi said.
“My Galaxy will offer services like deals, discounts based on the user’s geographic location, provide a customer care service app. We have also tied up with gaming companies like Rovio, Gameloft and Games2Win to give our users a premium gaming experience,” he added.
The company, which saw over 800 developers participate in the Bengaluru Tizen summit, also said that the app ecosystem was rapidly growing.
“We are also hoping to see a lot more of Tizen play once the Internet of Things (IoT) adoption picks up in the country lending greater piece of the market to the OS,” Warsi said.
Samsung launched the Z3, priced at Rs 8,490. It will go on sale exclusively via Snapdeal as well as offline retailers from October 21 onwards.
“The launch of Samsung Z3 re-emphasizes India’s significance as a key centre for innovation and development on the Tizen operating system, with India being the first country to globally launch the Z3,” HC Hong, president and chief executive, Samsung India Electronics, said.
“We were encouraged by the huge popularity of Samsung Z1, the first Tizen OS powered smartphone that sold over one million units within six months of its launch earlier this year,” he said, adding that the company was expecting to sale one million Z3s in three months.
Samsung Z3 specifications and features: It flaunts a 5-inch HD (1280 720 pixels) Super AMOLED display, and is powered by a 1.3GHz Spreadtrum quad-core processor paired with 1GB of RAM. Also on offer is 8GB internal storage, which can be expanded up to 128GB using a microSD card.
The smartphone also features an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 5-megapixel wide-angle selfie camera, and a 2,600mAh battery. Connectivity options include dual-SIM card slots, 3G support, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 BLE, and GPS. On the software front, it runs on Tizen OS 2.3.