Facelifted Tizen OS to Debut with Samsung Galaxy Z4

May 3, 2017, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Samsung is still pursuing its efforts to expand its in-house multipurpose OS, Tizen, to more devices. As a result, the OS has now undergone a noticeable overhaul with expanded supported for multiple features. Not just that, Samsung is also reported to be lining up a new addition to its Tizen range of smartphones in the form of Galaxy Z4 smartphone, which will mark the debut of Tizen v 3.0.

Tizen 3.0 arrives with improved performances in various departments, thanks to the support for new APIs by the OS. On the GPU front, the OS now supports the API Vulkan graphics from Khoronos that will considerably improve the gaming experience inside the Tizen ecosystem. Samsung is also upping the internet browsing experience in Tizen with the newly introduced open-source web runtime Crosswalk.

Apart from that, the latest version also comes with the ability to offer support for 64-bit Intel and ARM CPUs. Samsung has also tightened the security with the latest version, with the previous version being reported previously to have packed over 40 never-before-seen exploits. Multiple user profiles can now be set on a single device, and S Voice too gets a jump with the support for voice control in Tizen 3.

However, not all of these features can be enjoyed in Samsung Galaxy Z4 despite the device being earmarked for the revamped OS. That’s because Samsung is offering only a base variant smartphone in the form of Z4 so as to expand its reach to wider category. However, it will come with the improved GPU support.

On the hardware side, the Galaxy Z4 will be packing a RAM of 1GB that will be paired with an internal storage of 8 GB. The device will have support for 4G LTE along with dual-SIM slots, and it will be featuring a battery of 2050 mAh capacity. The front-facing camera will feature an LED flash, although the pixel counts of the camera setup is yet to be out.

Samsung has setup an aim of having Tizen OS installed on over ten million devices by the year end, and the upgrade comes as the first step in that direction. It needs to be seen now whether the OS will be able to catchup with Android and iOS in terms of app availability and basic usability.

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