updated 01:56 pm EDT, Sat November 2, 2013
Samsung alternate OS gets video exploration
A new video has emerged showing a Samsung's Z9005 running the Samsung/Intel-developed Tizen operating system. The video, picked up by All About Samsung, gives one of the most complete looks at the operating system to ever become available on the Internet, and it shows Tizen running on hardware similar to Samsung's Galaxy S3. Samsung has been rumored to be prepping Tizen as a potential alternative to Google's Android platform for some time, and the video shows that the South Korean tech giant is still hard at work on development of the new OS.
It is uncertain, and possibly unlikely, whether the device shown off in the video would actually be called the Z9005, as that is simply the information shown under "Model" in the device's information settings page. The Z9005 is shown to be running Tizen version 2.2.0, even though previous leaks have purportedly shown Tizen OS version 3 running on Galaxy S4 hardware.
As to the look of the OS, Tizen appears to borrow heavily from both Android and Nokia's defunct MeeGo project. The pull-down settings menu appears straight out of Android, as does settings navigation scheme. Samsung ports over elements of the TouchWiz interface seen on its Android-powered Galaxy devices, with Tizen OS presenting toggles for functions like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and more at the top of the pull-down settings menu. From MeeGo, the OS takes its circular icons, a noticeable difference from the look of Android.
Tizen is said to be scalable from mobile devices through home appliances on up to televisions. As the system is based on Linux, it is also able to run Android apps with some tweaking. Samsung, which manufactures a wide range of devices across product categories, is said to be planning televisions, tablets, and more, all running on the new OS.