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  1. Well, Samsung just can’t seem to catch a break with Tizen, as the first commercial smartphone running on the new OS has been delayed once again. NTT DoCoMo recently scrapped plans for its Tizen phone, and it looks like even Samsung isn’t ready to release one just yet. “It is true that the release has been delayed,” said one official at Samsung Electronics’ Media Solution Center (MSC) today in Korea. “Previously we did had planned to release in the first half of this year in several countries, including Korea and Russia.” Samsung had recently said that the first Tizen phone would be unveiled on February 23rd, but that date is now being rumored to be the one when Samsung will announce the Galaxy S5 instead. It’s unclear what is causing the delays, though it could be that the company doesn’t want to take any limelight away from its Android flagship, which is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated smartphones ever (well, that’s usually the case with every Galaxy S flagship), or it could be because of obstacles they’ve run into while trying to develop the OS. Either way, it looks like those looking forward to trying out Tizen will have wait a few months, or maybe until the next year. Source
  2. In the latest Apple vs. Samsung patent trial held in California's Northern District court, Judge Lucy Koh entered a summary judgment yesterday finding Samsung's Android-based devices as infringing on a specific patent held by Apple. Besides being found as infringing of the text autocomplete patent used in iOS, Judge Koh has also tossed Samsung's patent related to "multimedia synchronization method and device". Koh claims that the latter patent - purchased in September 2011 some 5 months after the start of patent disputes between the two companies - was only acquired by Samsung to use against Apple in court. The latest ruling increases Apple's likelihood of scoring a ruling in its favor once the multi-patent trial against Samsung begins on March 31 of this year. The summary judgment strengthens Apple's case for its patent related to the autocomplete function, not to mention the other four patents still in play. The dismissal of Samsung's patent leaves them with a total of four. Source
  3. \ A Korean website published this product image of what is, allegedly, the first Samsung Tizen-based smartphone to be sold to consumers. It's called ZEQ9000, which probably means it's coming from a similar place as the previous Samsung Tizen phones that we know of - the SM-Z9000 and the SM-Z9005. Its eventual market name could be “Zeke” - according to the source, Samsung has filed for this new brand last August. It's hard to say whether this leak is reliable or not, but the smartphone's design - not a wildly imaginative designer's concept, but a familiar textured plastic affair, seems authentic enough. As for the operating system shown on the display, its visual style mostly matches the Tizen 2.1 screenshots that leaked last December. The upper status bar, for example, is the same between the two leaks. The flat and symmetrical aesthetic, shaped by rectangles and squares, is preserved as well. This leak contains some specifications, too. Zeke could have a 4.8-inch HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU running at 2.3GHz, and be slightly smaller than the Galaxy S4 in size. While not every part of this leak sounds credible, most of it manages to squeeze past the lie detector. Perhaps we will learn more truthful details from Samsung's official pre-MWC Tizen Developer event on February 23, or at the Congress itself. Source
  4. The first Samsung-made Tizen smartphone that’s expected to be commercially available seems to be the SC-03F, a handset that should be launched by NTT docomo (Japan’s largest mobile carrier). The SC-03F was approved by Japanese authorities recently, so you’d think that it could be released in the near future. However, Japanese media is reporting that NTT docomo postponed its official unveiling. According to SankeiBiz, the announcement of the SC-03F was initially scheduled for January 16. Apparently, NTT docomo pushed back the announcement without saying why, although rumor has it that Tizen is simply not ready to make an appearance on a smartphone. Another reason for the delay might be the fact that Samsung and NTT docomo aren’t getting along too well after the carrier launched Apple’s iPhone 5S this December (previously, docomo had no iPhones in its lineup). Other than the fact that it runs Tizen, little is known about the Samsung SC-03F. It’s not clear if it’s the same Tizen smartphone that Samsung is allegedly preparing to showcase at a pre-MWC event next month. As we previously reported, Samsung does not plan to launch Tizen devices in the US, at least not while the new platform is still in its infancy. So Asia and Europe seem to be its target markets for the beginning. Source
  5. Google and Samsung already have an interesting relationship, but it is about to get much more awkward. Google has seemed a bit concerned for some time that Samsung has taken such a dominant role in the Android ecosystem. Now, Google will have a new reason to be concerned: beginning in March, Samsung will dominate Android and compete with it at the same time. According to a report from Japan-based magazine Mainichi, top Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo has confirmed that Tizen smartphones will become available beginning in March. The news follows a number of delays that pushed the launch of Samsung’s first Tizen phone back from last year, but the consumer tech giant apparently has no plans to delay things any further. The first round of Samsung’s Tizen handsets are expected to debut next month during the annual Mobile World Congress trade show. Source
  6. Even after so many rounds of patent disputes in court, and many wins and losses, Samsung and Apple always manage to make the headline from time to time, one way or the other. Everyone involved in this dispute knows that things can’t continue down that path all the time, which is why the CEOs of Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics have agreed to meet as part of a mediated session on February 19th. Both companies are preparing themselves and their respective legal teams for yet another court room battle in March relating to alleged infringement of smartphone patents. The mediated meeting will be attended by Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung CEO Oh-Hyun Kwon as well as a set of in-house lawyers. A court filing, made public yesterday, states that the company’s legal teams had already met on January 6th with the intention of discussing potential settlement deals to try and avoid further legal action. If the meeting proves successful and opens up the arena for debate then it’s highly possible that the planned March court battle could be averted. The bitter legal wrangle between the world’s top two smartphone vendors has been ongoing for longer than most of us care to remember and involves a hotly contested battle of various smartphone patents. The complexities of the case are made worse by the fact that the issues exist in multiple countries across a wide array of smartphone and tablet devices. If the outcome of the meeting is negative and next month’s trial can’t be avoided then it will be yet another major appearance to add to the two trials that have already occurred in San Jose, California. Previously released court documents show that Apple has paid approximately $60 million to its external law firm to bring these allegations against Samsung, which seems like small change when you consider the legal system has awarded upwards of $900 million in damages to the Cupertino based company. Source
  7. The Tizen based OS, the Samsung Z9005 made another appearance. This time around, the smartphone showed up in an extensive hands-on video. It gives us a good glimpse of the device’s OS, including the settings and notifications menu, as well as the camera UI. See it below: Unsurprisingly, the OS of the Samsung Z9005 shares quite a few design bits with the Korean manufacturer’s TouchWiz UI for Android. The circular icons on the other hand, hark back to the MeeGo past of Samsung’s partner in the Tizen project – Intel. Previous reports point that the Samsung Z9005 is a developer-only device. We are yet to see a consumer-bound Tizen smartphone go official. source: gsmarena
  8. Samsung started its first developer conference this week in San Francisco and while talk of Android filled the air, Samsung also made sure that Tizen had a presence too. Most of the talk about Tizen took place between scheduled talks, amongst developers. The main focus of the conference was to push developers to make Android apps unique to Samsung models. One analyst sees this all being done in preparation for the day that Tizen is made available, to show developers that Samsung can take care of them even when they start writing for the OS developed by Samsung and Intel. This way, the transition to Tizen from Android will be a smooth one. Samsung is developing Tizen as an OS it can focus on if Google starts punishing Samsung for dominating the Android platform. Word is that problems with its app store has caused a delay in the launch of a Tizen powered handset. The latest buzz is that we will see a Tizen powered phone launch at CES 2014 in January. Meanwhile, both Sammy and Intel have been talking to code jockeys, trying to get them to commit to Tizen. Because Tizen apps are written in HTML5, a world class browser is being built for the platform. The lone Tizen talk on the schedule was sparsely attended even though positive features for Tizen were discussed. Alexis Menard and Kenneth Christiansen, two software engineers at Intel, said that the platform is responsive in that it can cover various screen sizes, and also has an API for features like the battery. Ebay says that it is considering building a Tizen powered app because it see the platform eventually being used in smartphones purchased in emerging markets. source: phonearena
  9. There have been so many rumors about Tizen in the last year, that it is almost impossible to keep track of them all. Tizen is coming. No, it's not. Tizen is DOA. No, it's coming soon. Now comes the latest speculation involving the open source OS. A published report from Greece reveals that Chinese manufacturer ZTE will have a Tizen powered handset on display at MWC next month. The ZTE Geek, which was the first smartphone to feature the Tegra 4 under the hood, appeared at MWC 2013 with Android installed. Now, a year later, the handset is expected to make another appearance in Barcelona, but this time it will be running Tizen. The phone will be displayed at the Tizen Association booth. Apparently, there will be some type of app challenge going on there as well, which sounds like a challenge for developers interested in writing for the platform. While MWC starts on February 24th, last month we passed along a report that mentioned a February 23rd Tizen-tinged event that will unveil Sammy's first Tizen handsets along with a historical recap of milestones achieved by the Tizen team. We also told you earlier this month that Samsung has no interest in bringing Tizen to the U.S. at this time. Source
  10. Andy Weir 25 January 2014 - 08:00 Earlier this week, we reported that Samsung's new Galaxy S5 was expected to launch on February 23, at an event in Barcelona ahead of the annual Mobile World Congress in the Spanish city. The source of that information was Eldar Murtazin, whose history of predictions is somewhat patchy - but given that he accurately predicted the launch date of the Galaxy S4 last year, we thought we would give him the benefit of the doubt. Alas, it seems that Murtazin was wrong. ZDNet Korea has revealed that the event in question isn't for the Galaxy S5 at all - it's actually for Samsung's Tizen OS, and invitations to the event have already gone out. TheDroidGuy reports that the invitations reveal that attendees "will get an exclusive sneak preview of the newest Tizen devices as well as an opportunity to learn about the major milestones that the Tizen project has hit". Samsung's mobile OS suffered a setback last week when Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo shelved its plans to add a Tizen handset to its range. Never one to admit that he is wrong, Murtazin took to Twitter to claim that Samsung had completely changed their launch plans for the Galaxy S5 after he leaked them: Call us sceptical, but that sounds unlikely to us. Almost as unlikely as Murtazin's prediction that Microsoft is abandoning its Modern UI and creating an all-new user interface for Windows Phone 9. http://www.neowin.net/news/no-galaxy-s5-launch-at-feb-23-event---its-for-samsungs-tizen-os-instead
  11. Samsung report plans to launch its first Tizen smartphone early next year, and while its efforts with this new platform will initially be local to the Far East, Samsung undoubtedly hopes it will grow into something more — and reinforcements will definitely help. Headed by both Samsung and Intel, the Tizen Association announced this week that it has added 36 new partners from “all segments of the mobile and connected device ecosystems” to help bolster the platform moving forward. New additions to the Tizen camp include eBay, Konami, McAfee, Panasonic, Sharp and TrendMicro, and the Association’s full press release follows below. TIZEN ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES PARTNER PROGRAM WITH 36 NEW MEMBERS AIMED AT ACCELERATING DEVELOPMENT AND COMMERCIALIZATION OF THE TIZEN OPERATING SYSTEM Companies from All Segments of the Mobile and Connected Device Ecosystems Become Tizen Association Partners to Collaborate on the Ongoing Development of the Tizen Project and Platform Seoul, Korea-November 11, 2013 – Today the Tizen Association announced the launch of a partner program aimed at broadening support of the Tizen Platform across a more diverse set of connected device manufacturers, operators, application developers and independent software vendors (ISVs). The Tizen Association is an industry consortium that supports the development of an open source software platform and operating system – Tizen. Tizen supports a wide range of connected devices. The program launched today at the Tizen Developer Summit in Seoul, Korea with 36 new members. Each of the new members has the potential to join relevant Tizen Association Working Groups and to participate in Tizen Association meetings, giving them more insight and potential input into the development of the Tizen Operating System (OS). “The Tizen OS is attracting support from all segments of the connected device ecosystem, with manufacturers, operators, developers and ISVs joining to add their voice and expertise to the development of this open and collaborative platform,” said Ryoichi Sugimura, a Tizen Association Board Member from NTT DOCOMO. “One of the biggest benefits of Tizen to partners is the absence of application or feature mandates, allowing the OS to be customized based on what it is best for the end customer. This allows operators and some device manufacturers to select the provider of features and services that makes the most sense given the type of device, the location of the customer and the most popular use cases for that device. By democratizing this portion of the product development, Tizen is driving increased innovation and competition in the industry.” The 36 new members, alphabetically, are: 11 Bit Studios ACCESS appbackr AppCarousel ArtSpark Holdings Celsys Inc. Citymaps Crucial Tec eBay [email protected] Communications Goo Technologies HERE, a Nokia business HI Corporation Igalia S.L. KeyPoint Technologies KONAMI Konantech McAfee Mobica Monotype Imaging Inc. Mutecsoft Neos Corporation NTT Data MSE Open Mobile Panasonic PCPhase Quixey Reaktor Fusion Sharp Symphony Teleca Systena The Weather Channel Tieto TrendMicro TuneIn Radio YoYo Games “The Tizen OS promises to be the most open and comprehensive software platform available for those companies wishing to target the consumers of connected devices,” said Trevor Cornwell, Founder and CEO, appbackr inc., a Tizen Association Partner. “The Association’s commitment to support HTML5 applications, combined with their vision that extends beyond the smartphone and tablet ecosystem to a wider array of other connected device segments, makes it attractive to all types of companies. We look forward to collaborating with the Tizen Association to ensure that all stakeholders can contribute to the development of a platform for this growing market opportunity.” Original Article
  12. A report in Korean media emerged, shedding light on Samsung’s future plans for Tizen. According to the head of Samsung Electronics’ visual display unit, the OS represents a “significant investment” for Samsung, and much progress has been achieved in its development. The company’s executive further iterated that a Tizen smartphone will be released before any other device. However, the launch of Samsung’s first handset has been pushed for 2014, not this year as initially expected. Original Article
  13. Samsung has uploaded four different infographics illustrating all major specs and features of the Galaxy S5, Gear, Galaxy Gear and the evolution of Galaxy S throughout the years. Here is the inforgraphic about the Galaxy S5. This one tells you all about the Gear smartwatches. Next picture shows you all there is to know about Galaxy Fit. And finally, this one shows the history of Galaxy S so far (the South Korean versions at least). Source
  14. We know that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 will be powered by Tizen (Samsung’s proprietary OS), as opposed to Android, which was the software of choice for the first Galaxy Gear. But what about the Gear Fit, Samsung’s health tracking wearable? It turns out the device won’t be using either of these options. So what will power the Gear Fit’s software? Hit the jump below to find out. Samsung has opted to use a Real-Time Operating System (RTOS). The benefits of using an RTOS over an OS like Android or Tizen is that the RTOS uses a set of predetermined, simple tasks that are able to be executed without delay. Because of its simplicity, the RTOS should allow the Gear Fit to last three or four days off of a single charge. So what is the downside of implementing an RTOS for the Gear Fit? Well, this means that software developers won’t be allowed to tinker with the device or develop any applications for it. The Gear Fit will only count your steps, monitor your heart rate, and other health-related features. Would the lack of software development dissuade you from purchasing a Gear Fit? Or do you just want a fitness and health monitor, and don’t care if you can play Angry Birds on your wrist? Source
  15. Samsung has pushed an update to its original smartwach, the Galaxy Gear that converts it to Tizen and puts it on par with its successors. However, the new operating system (which is simply listed as firmware v2.2 on the Galaxy Gear) introduces little changes to the actual user interface, so you won’t need to get acquainted to it again. What the update does bring is a standalone music player – so you no longer need your phone when you go out for a run. It will also improve the battery life as Tizen has been found to be easier on the hardware than Android. To apply the update you’ll need to connect your Gear to your PC and use the Kies software. It will wipe all your data, so make sure to backup any valuable files you might have before proceeding. Once you are done you’ll need to pair your smartphone anew as it will fail to recognize the smartwatch otherwise. Source
  16. Samsung finally made its first ever smartphone running Tizen official at the beginning of this month. That said, the Samsung Z may not be the only Tizen-powered handset to arrive from the Korean behemoth this year. According to an Indian import tracking website, three units of a Galaxy S5 model running Tizen have recently made it to Samsung for testing purposes. Now this may be nothing, or it may signify that Samsung is getting ready to release a variation of the Galaxy S5 that comes with Tizen preinstalled. The price of each testing unit of this Tizen-running Galaxy S5 is said to be INR 54,404, which is a lot - around $905, to be exact. But that could be lowered if such a device is ever going to be sold. Other details aren't available yet. And unless more information about the Galaxy S5 with Tizen gets leaked, you probably shouldn't view this as certainly coming to market. Compared to the Samsung Z, the Galaxy S5 has a bigger and more pixel-packed screen, a higher-res rear camera, a processor that's clocked 200 MHz higher, and a battery that has 200 mAh of extra capacity. So it's not like there wouldn't be a place in Samsung's portfolio for a device running Tizen yet sporting the S5's specs. Source
  17. Samsung is still the biggest smartphone seller in the world, and even though most of these sales are based on mid-tier smartphones, the company continues to dare the odds of R&D with its most recent experiments already on store shelves. Some of these experiments have gained a certain level of fame and others haven’t, but the company is clear that in order for most of these products to survive, it does need the support of the developer community. As such the company has just sent out invitations for its Samsung Developers Conference in November. The event will happen from November 11th to the 13th on San Francisco’s Moscone Center, and if you’re wondering what to expect for this event, we ask ourselves the same thing. In previous years we’ve seen Samsung announce its Mobile SDK, the KNOX Enterprise SDK, among other things, but none of these have gained enough popularity or traction for this event to be noticeable. We are expecting to see enhancements on Samsung’s S Health platform, and we also expect to see a bigger push towards Tizen devices now that we have all of Samsung’s Gear lineup running its proprietary operating system. It’s hard to predict if we will also see some extra push on devices like the Samsung Z for markets like the United States, but stay tuned as rumors should get more interesting in the next coming weeks. Source
  18. Samsung's Tizen project has been plagued by delays, not least in the launch of its first handset with the OS to be launched commercially, the Samsung Z, which it announced back in June. That device was originally expected in mid-2013, before being pushed back to the end of the year, and was again delayed in January 2014, before finally making its début a couple of months ago. The Samsung Z was supposed to be going on sale round about now, but the company recently decided to indefinitely delay the launch of the device in its first market, Russia. This has led to considerable speculation about the viability of the platform, given its ongoing woes. Now, TizenExperts reveals that Samsung is reportedly planning to kill the Z's launch completely. The Samsung Z features higher-end specs, including a quad-core 2.3GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and 4G LTE support, although its 4.8-inch display is only HD (1280x720px) resolution and the camera is just 8MP. Samsung is said to be repositioning Tizen, moving away from more premium devices to focus on lower-cost handsets. One major reason for this is believed to be the threat posed by Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi, particularly with regards to the most affordable entry-level smartphones. Tizen is optimised for low-memory (sub-256MB of RAM) devices as well, so this would seem to make sense. But if Samsung is pivoting its Tizen OS to concentrate on the cheapest phones, it will still face the same problems with regards to attracting developers and building a viable software ecosystem. The company actually acknowledged that its difficulties in expanding Tizen as a platform for developers were a major factor in its decision to scrap the launch of the Samsung Z last month. Source
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