Amazon adds Android tablet support to Prime Instant Video app
Amazon has finally allowed Android tablets access to Prime Instant Video. Previously only available to iOS devices and, since September last year, Android smartphones, tablet users can now watch the same Prime Instant Video content via their device, reports Android Police. Prime subscribers need to install the dedicated Prime Instant Video app from the Amazon Appstore before watching shows.
Samsung Z1 has dual-core 1.2GHz processor, runs Tizen 2.3
Samsung is attempting to push forward with its plan to sell Tizen-powered mobile devices, following the ill-fated Samsung Z, by launching its rumored smartphone in India. The Samsung Z1 is an entry-level mobile phone with fairly typical specifications, all backed by a mobile operating system spearheaded by Samsung and Intel as a light-weight, open-source alternative to Google's Android.
Tizen to run on all Samsung smart TVs, offers live broadcast streams to mobile devices
All smart TVs from Samsung shipping in 2015 will use Tizen, the manufacturer has advised. Teased before it is expected to show off its upcoming television range at CES next week, Samsung has revealed the new user interface for its smart TV software, along with a slew of updates also arriving to the living room displays this year.
Tizen-based Samsung Z1 claimed to be an entry-level device
The rumors of a Tizen-powered Samsung smartphone launch continue, with reports suggesting another attempt at a launch is impending. The manufacturer is said to be preparing an entry-level device for an unveiling in January, with Samsung apparently aiming to fend off Xiaomi, a major competitor of the company who is dominating the budget smartphone market in some regions.
Rumor claims low-specification Tizen smartphone bound for India in November
Samsung could be planning to release an entry-level smartphone running Tizen in India, according to a rumor. Following the launch and persistent delays to bring the Samsung Z to market, the company is said to be preparing a lower-specification device for launch in November, with the unnamed smartphone said to be running on Tizen version 2.3.
Here mapping app for Android exclusive to Samsung
Nokia has made a deal with Samsung to provide Here Maps to its Android devices, as well as items running Tizen. Here for Android will be exclusive to Samsung's Galaxy smartphone line as a free download, while Tizen devices such as the Gear S smartwatch will be able to display maps on their small displays, as well as providing turn-by-turn navigation.
Huawei has no choice but to use Android with smartphones, states CEO Yu
Tizen has "no chance to be successful" in the face of Android and iOS, the CEO of Huawei's Consumer Business Group has claimed. Richard Yu advised in an interview that the company has no plans to work with Tizen in the future, despite Huawei having already spent money on research and development for the operating system, one that Samsung is still hoping to have success with.
Samsung Z release postponed pending possible app portfolio issues
Samsung has postponed the release of its first smartphone running the Tizen operating system. The Samsung Z was originally intended to go on sale in Russia in the third quarter of this year, timed to coincide with a Tizen developer event in Moscow, but it has been delayed by the smartphone manufacturer with no exact date for when the company will try the launch again.
Tizen smart TV SDK beta release scheduled for July by Samsung
Samsung has demonstrated Tizen running on a smart TV at the Tizen Developer Conference in San Francisco. Used in the recently-announced Samsung Z as well as the Gear 2 smartwatch instead of Android, the Samsung and Intel-developed operating system was operational on the television at the event, giving a hint of what the manufacturer has planned for its expected Tizen smart TV releases slated for later this year.
Tizen smartphone heading to Russia in Q3 2014, other markets to follow
Samsung has launched its first smartphone running on Tizen, following months of speculation and rumor. The Samsung Z eschews Android and the Galaxy name from its other smartphone launches in favor of the alternate mobile operating system, with the onboard Tizen 2.2.1 said to provide faster start-up times and improved multitasking compared to Android.
Tizen smartphones, Android-powered smart watch still on the way
Samsung is preparing to launch at least one Tizen-powered smartphone before the end of this year, according to an executive. Speaking in an interview about the Galaxy S5's sales figures, senior vice president for Samsung's product strategy team Yoon Han-kil advised that the first would be a "high-end model" launching around the end of the second quarter.
Tizen wearables SDK attempt by Samsung to garner similar developer support as Pebble
Samsung has made a software development kit for worn devices running on Tizen available to download. Available through the Tizen Developer website, the Tizen SDK for Wearables is hoped by the company to help developers create software for the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, two smart watches it unveiled at Mobile World Congress at the end of last month.
Tizen-powered Galaxy Gear successors are incremental upgrade
Samsung has unveiled two smart watches as successors to the Galaxy Gear, confirming rumors from yesterday. Launched the day before Samsung is expected to reveal the Galaxy S5, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are updated versions that retains the styling of the original but makes a number of improvements, including switching from running on Android to Tizen, and removing the Galaxy branding altogether.
New smart watches will apparently not use the Galaxy branding
Rumors of Samsung offering multiple models of its smart watch in the future may in fact be true, based on leaked images. A low-resolution image of two follow-up devices to the Galaxy Gear was posted online, followed by a second, higher-resolution version, though it turns out the smart watches may not actually be part of the Galaxy device range at all.
Next Samsung smart watch said to use Tizen instead of Android
Samsung could launch multiple new models of the Galaxy Gear smart watch at Mobile World Congress next week, according to a report. A separate report also claims the electronics giant will also change the software running on the device, away from the version of Android used in the current version and onto the lesser-used Tizen mobile operating system.
Japanese carrier claims market cannot support third mobile operating system
The first consumer Tizen device release has been stalled by Japan's largest carrier over concerns that the Japanese smartphone market cannot sustain a third mobile operating system. Plans by NTT DoCoMo to launch a device in March will now not take place, with the carrier citing a significant lack of overall growth of the market in Japan.
Smartphone from Samsung believed to appear at Tizen event
The first consumer Tizen devices could be shown off the day before Mobile World Congress, at an invitation-only event on February 23rd. Invitations have reportedly been sent to members of the media for the event, which hopes to show attendees what progress Samsung, Intel, and other backers have made on making the operating system suitable for use by the public.
Tizen push to begin early next year
Samsung will launch a smart refrigerator running its Tizen operating system at CES next year, sources tell Ubergizmo. January's Consumer Electronics Show will see the unveiling of Samsung's second Tizen-powered product, with the first being a digital camera that shipped earlier this year. The appearance of a smart refrigerator supports prior indications that Tizen was an eminently scalable platform that Samsung would push onto appliances as well as mobile devices.
First Tizen-based device from Samsung has already shipped
The first device from Samsung running the Tizen operating system may be a camera that has already shipped, rather than a smartphone. The NX300M, revealed one month ago, is being touted as the first using the operating system, with the company also advising that the first Tizen-based smartphone release will not take place this year.
Quad-core 1.4GHz ARM processor in Tizen tablet for developers
The first tablet running the Linux-based Tizen operating system has launched in Japan, though as a developer focused offering. The Tizen Build Kit from Systena not only offers a development tools and manuals for the operating system, as well as consulting services for development on the platform, but also a 10.1-inch tablet with Tizen 2.1 pre-installed.
Tizen to be used for appliances
Samsung is reportedly preparing to launch televisions that run Tizen, a Linux-based operating system that the company is co-developing with Intel. Speaking to German outlet Die Welt, Samsung's consumer electronics head, Boo-Keun Yoon, noted that Tizen will be used for upcoming smartphones, TVs and home appliances.
Samsung continuing development efforts with Tizen OS
Samsung and Intel's jointly developed Tizen OS has been snapped running on the Galaxy S4. The photos show Tizen OS version 3, currently under development, running on Samsung current flagship Android device. Samsung had previously announced that it was planning to ship its first Tizen-based device early this year, but has since postponed it on two occasions, saying that it won't launch a device until late this year or early in 2014.
Tizen Association makes aggressive play for developer interest
The Tizen Association has launched a $4 million Tizen App Challenge to encourage developers to make apps for the new platform. The move follows in the footsteps of BlackBerry’s successful Android Port-A-Thon, which increased the number of apps available to BlackBerry 10 users by over 15,0000. The competition launches just a day after Intel spoke out in defense of the platform rejecting a claim by Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin that the Tizen OS was dead.
Intel counters rumors that the Tizen OS is in trouble
Eldar Murtazin, the Russian blogger who correctly predicted the Nokia-Microsoft hook-up, caused a stir with his pronouncement on Twitter that the Tizen OS was all but dead last week. The technical steering group of Tizen is headed by Intel and Samsung, with a Samsung Tizen-powered device leaking on the net recently. Intel, which is particularly sensitive to Murtazin’s predictions following Nokia’s abandonment of the MeeGo OS for the Windows Phone OS, has issued an official statement refuting Murtazin’s assertion.
User agent profile for GT-i8805 shows mid-range device with LTE, 720p display
An official unveiling of Samsung smartphones running on Tizen may be on the horizon, following a number of leaks. A Samsung user agent profile for the GT-i8805 running on the mobile operating system has been discovered, while images have surfaced of a phone that is claimed to be the GT-i8805 running on Tizen 2.1.
First high-end Tizen release to be 'equipped with the best specifications'
A high-end Samsung smartphone running on the Tizen operating system will be released later this year, an executive has revealed, adding more detail to a previous confirmation. Executive vice president of Mobile Lee Young-Hee claims that the electronics manufacturer will be pushing the single flagship Tizen phone for a release in August or September.
First devices not expected until later this year
The Linux Foundation has introduced a major update to its Tizen operating system, adding many essential features as developers continue working on the first Tizen-powered devices. Version 2.0, spotted by TG Daily, will enable devices to take advantage of Bluetooth and NFC hardware, while app developers can integrate new features such as text-to-speech and background operation.
Confirms earlier reports of Tizen OS handset development
Samsung has confirmed it will be making Tizen-based devices, with the first of the range expected later this year. The announcement comes shortly after reports surfaced at the end of 2012, claiming the manufacturer was working with NTT DoCoMo Vodafone, and Intel to ship a handset in Japan, followed by other Asian and European regions shortly afterwards.
Open mobile operating system to spread across Asia, Europe
Samsung is to launch its first Tizen-based smartphone in 2013, according to reports. The open-source operating system, being developed in partnership with NTT DoCoMo, Vodafone, Intel and others, will apparently appear on a handset in Japan in early 2013, and will spread to other Asian and European countries shortly afterwards.
Tizen-powered i9300 said to come in near future
Rumors abound that Samsung is working on a Tizen-powered Galaxy smartphone, and now DigiTimes reports that the South Korean manufacturer is preparing to roll out a Tizen phone in the near future. Sources said to be familiar with Samsung's plans say that there are concerns regarding the likelihood of Tizen having a significant impact in a mobile sector dominated by Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating system. Still, the introduction of another viable mobile operating system could prove beneficial to hardware manufacturers, who are largely beholden to Google and wary of the search giant's moves toward manufacturing its own hardware and the complex legal environment surrounding Android.
Tizen variant shows up as Wi-Fi Certified
A Tizen-powered variant of Samsung's popular Galaxy S III smartphone has apparently been granted Wi-Fi certification. The certification was spotted by Twitter user @musamappa, who posted a link to a document describing the S III variant. Tizen is a scalable mobile operating system developed by Samsung in a partnership with Intel.
Exec cites wide device array as potential counter to Android, iOS
The CEO of the nation's largest wireless carrier thinks that Samsung could shake up the mobile marketplace should the electronics giant decide to move to its own operating system. CNet reports that Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam called Samsung "a potential elephant in the room" at an investor conference on Friday. McAdam believes that, should Samsung decide to leverage its massive install base across a range of consumer and household electronics, the company would make a formidable competitor for Apple, Google, Microsoft, and others.
Proprietary software, user experience, design main areas of focus
In his inaugural speech, new Samsung CEO Kwon Oh-hyun recommitted the electronics giant to an increased focus on improving its software components. The new CEO pointed to software, user experience, design, and solutions as the path forward for Samsung, which aims to further distinguish itself from other electronics makers and solidify its standing near the top of the tech sector. Oh-hyun did not provide exact details on Samsung's plans to strengthen its offerings, but it is expected that the company will leverage existing technologies to increase integration among its devices.
Device makers to roll out handsets on fledgling OS
Tizen, the operating system developed as a partnership between Intel and Samsung, may finally debut on smartphones in the second half of this year. The scalable OS, sources tell Digitimes, will be appearing on smartphones, tablets, and notebooks from a number of different manufacturers.
Fledgling Samsung OS could debut with full app lineup
A company called Open Mobile has been demoing a method that allows devices running Tizen, Samsung and Intel's in-house mobile OS, to run apps intended for use on Android devices. As a video from The Handheld Blog shows, the technology could allow for future Tizen devices to circumvent the dearth of apps that typically plagues devices based on alternate operating systems.
Scalable OS feature set shown off in conference video
Since Tizen, an in-house alternative to Android was unveiled by Intel and Samsung last year, speculation has abounded as to the ultimate fate of the fledgling operating system. First, Samsung announced a merger between Tizen and Bada; then Samsung backpedalled on that statement, giving itself room to maneuver. Now a video has emerged from The Handheld Blog, showing version 1.0 of the Tizen OS in action, and running on a Samsung prototype phone.
Display tech wrongly speculated for Galaxy S III
The previously spotted Samsung GT-i9500 is rumored to carry a Super AMOLED HD Plus display. According to sources of SamMobile, the handset was seen at the Tizen Delopers Conference in San Francisco sporting the display tech, previously speculated to be destined for the Galaxy S III.
Samsung leaves door open to Bada keeping Tizen out
Samsung has partly reversed course on claims that it would merge Bada with Tizen. A follow-up statement to AllThingsD said that neither Samsung nor other companies in the Tizen Association ahd "made a firm decision" on whether the two open platforms would unite. The company was "carefully looking at it," but Samsung still considered Bada a core part of a strategy that included Android and Windows Phone.
Bada and Tizen to merge platforms I
Samsung's Senior VP of Contents Planning Tae-jin Kang in a discussion Friday gave surprise word that his company's Bada and Intel's Tizen would merge. The strategy mapped out for Forbes would let Tizen run any apps written for Bada. Ultimately, the two would end up sharing the same developer interfaces and effectively share the same roots.
Chip maker dropping support for MeeGo
Intel has announced that it has moved to acquire Telmap, an Israeli company that specializes in location-based products and services for mobile devices. The buyout is aimed at bolstering Intel's consumer services division, providing an additional incentive for developers to create content for the chip maker's AppUp application portal.
Tizen rises from ashes of MeeGo
Intel and Samsung partly confirmed rumors by unveiling Tizen. The effective successor to MeeGo still uses Linux as an open-source foundation for a mobile OS but is focused on a much broader coalition of LiMo supporters that includes Japanese phone makers NEC Casio and Panasonic Mobile, OS developer Access, and carriers NTT DoCoMo, SK Telecom, Telefonica (O2), and Vodafone. The group will focus more on HTML5- and Wholesale Applications Community-based apps that can run on MeeGo and can share much of their code for other platforms and devices.