Samsung could use Tizen phones to debut new Nature UX features before they come to its flagship Android powered handsets, speculation suggests, as the phone-maker bids to reduce its dependence on Google’s smartphone platform.
According to SamMobile, the Korean tech giant has two kits running its own Tizen operating system in the works, codenamed the Redwood and Melius respectively. It’s thought that the former will be a top-of-the-range model with 4G support, while the latter will only support 3G and pack mid-range specs.
Perhaps more intriguing, though, is the site’s assertion that, as with phones powered by its previous attempt at an Android-rival, Bada, Samsung could use Tizen efforts to showcase all-new features.
While there’s no mention of what these might be, it’s a good bet that they’ll include radical user interface tweaks that Samsung is increasingly using to differentiate its handsets from the competition.
Bada phones, which sold well in Samsung’s domestic market but didn’t get much traction elsewhere, were the first efforts out of the company’s factory gate to offer Super AMOLED screens, which are now a mainstay of Galaxy phones. And have come to be seen as something of a hallmark of the range.
The first Tizen handset is expected to land at some time during the second or third quarter.