Samsung’s Tizen 4.0 OS is in development and due out in September

A new version of Samsung’s Tizen OS, version 4.0, is now under development for mobile devices, wearables and smart gadgets and is due for release in September.Samsung's Gear S3 Frontier

Tizen is mainly used in Samsung products. The release date of Tizen 4.0 is listed on the OS’s developer website, which also states that the first beta of the OS will come out in June.

The Tizen 4.0 release date is listed as part of the Tizen .NET roadmap. The page states that “the first official version of Tizen .NET will be released in September 2017 as a part of Tizen 4.0.”

The page went up recently, and an image detailing the roadmap seems to have  typographical errors. The chart is supposed to show a timeline for Tizen .NET releases extending into 2017, but the release date of Tizen 4.0 is listed for September 2016, in an apparent mistake.

Tizen is a competitor of iOS and Android, but has struggled. The OS is in a handful of Samsung smartphones in India, but the handsets are stuck at version 2.4.

Samsung’s smart TVs and smartwatches like Gear S3 also use Tizen. The OS will be used in the company’s home appliances, washing machines, and even vacuum cleaners.

Most of Samsung’s smartphones have Android today, but it is maintaining Tizen, as it doesn’t want to put all its eggs in one basket. Samsung is developing technology so its Android mobile devices, Windows PCs and Tizen devices can easily communicate with one another.

Tizen has also been ported to work on boards like Raspberry Pi and the Artik developer board.

Tizen may be Samsung’s ticket to success in the internet of things market, where competitive OSes include Google’s Android Things and Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Core. Tizen 3.0 already supports Open Connectivity Foundation’s emerging IoTivity protocol, designed for easy pairing of compatible devices.

Shipments of IoT devices will outstrip smartphones in the coming years, touching 30.7 billion by 2020, and 75.4 billion by 2025, according to IHS.

With Tizen 4.0 so close, Samsung is moving on quickly from Tizen 3.0, which hasn’t made it to many devices yet.

Tizen 3.0 was portrayed as a powerful 64-bit OS compatible with ARM and x86 processors, with support for 4K graphics and image and speech recognition. Samsung claimed Tizen 3.0 was 30 percent faster than Tizen 2.4.

Tizen 4.0 will have richer features and be faster than its predecessor. It’ll also be a beneficiary to Microsoft’s embrace of open-source technologies.

In November, Samsung announced a pact with Microsoft framed to allow .Net developers to easily write Tizen applications for mobile devices, smartwatches, smart TVs and IoT devices. Samsung is releasing previews of Tizen .NET to make that possible, and will bake a final version of related tools into Tizen 4.0.

The origins of Tizen date back to 2007, when Intel started developing the Linux-based Moblin OS. In 2010, Moblin was merged with Nokia’s Maemo into a new OS called Meego. That OS was then merged with LiMo to form Tizen. Tizen is considered Samsung’s OS, but the development is managed by the Linux Foundation.

Chinese phones or Samsung, LG, Sony and HTC?

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Times are changing and in the smartphone market they change quickly. If you wanted to buy an Android device three years ago you had the choice between manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, LG and HTC. Chinese smartphones were usually out of the question. The devices were considered cheap replicas of famous brands with poor hardware on board. In addition to this, the importation fees were high.

But that has changed. With reasonable prices and better equipped devices, Chinese smartphone manufacturers like Xiaomi and Huawei are becoming real alternatives to Samsung and LG products. The Chinese manufacturer Huawei already sells smartphones in the US with top hardware and reasonable prices. Xiaomi phones are available through import dealers.

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Xiaomi was founded in 2010 as a startup and already presented its flagship Mi 5 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona this year. In our tests with the device we were impressed with the hardware and the price vs its competition. The smallest model with 32 GB internal memory and 3 GB RAM costs around $480. In comparison, the LG G5 costs around $780.

My colleague, Eric Herrmann, recently wrote that the Lenovo ZUK Z1 had a big battery and top-notch software. The Chinese manufacturer has developed a powerful smartphone that costs only $330. More Chinese manufacturers with top smartphones are Oppo and Meizu.

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More examples of Chinese manufacturers with top smartphones can be found in our best Chinese smartphones list.

Now we want to know what you think about this shift to Chinese brands. Take part in our survey and write your opinion in the comments. We will publish the full results of the poll next week.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Active release date, price, specs, features

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Active release date and price

A new leak gives us an idea of when the Galaxy S7 Active will be unveiled. We have two new renders of what is being reported as the S7 Active, which can be viewed below, and both have the date and time of 12:45 June 10. This could mean that the unveiling is at that time but it’s not yet known. This rumor came from the reliable serial leakster Evan Blass.

The price of the Galaxy S7 Active is unknown but we do know from previous Active releases that they fall near the prices of other flagship devices when they were released. Given the specs and features leaks, we could expect a price lower than $700. We will let you know when we have more information on the price so stay tuned.

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You can clearly see the date and time on the home screen, which may correspond to the unveiling time. / © Venture Beat

The release of the Galaxy S7 Active would be in line with previous releases of the Galaxy S-line. Last year’s release of the Samsung S6 series included the S6, S6 Edge and S6 Active. In fact, the model numbers of the S6 Active and S7 Active seem to be in succession.

A Zuaba (Indian site for export/import data) listing carrying the model number of SM-G891A was spotted and it could be assumed that this is the Galaxy S7 Active model number because the Galaxy S6 Active had the model number of SM-G890A.

This was reported by serial leakster Evan Blass who tweeted that AT&T is testing this device.

More recently, the name Galaxy S7 Active was spotted on a change-log of Samsung’s Level app by SAM Mobile. The log can be viewed below and clearly shows The Galaxy S7 Active after the S7 and before the S7 Edge.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Active specs

The specs leaks for the Galaxy S7 Active look promising and we’re hoping they prove to be true when Samsung and AT&T release this new rugged device. The newest rumor shows the S7 Active with a bigger battery than the S7 Edge. According to leakster Evan Blass, the S7 Active could come with a 4,000 mAh battery. That’s 400 mAh bigger than the S7 Edge.

The 5.1-inch display could be a 1440 x 2560 Super AMOLED, the same screen as the Galaxy S7 and the S6 Active – the predecessor to the S7 Active. Samsung made a good move with keeping the display of the previous generation. The device doesn’t need a better display; the S6 Active was already optimal for its active owners.

The biggest changes rumored in the S7 Active are in the hardware. The device could be powered by the Snapdragon 820 backed with 4 GB RAM – that’s 1 GB bigger than the previous generation. We could also see 32 GB of internal memory standard for the device. Although the upgraded chipset is necessary, the extra 1 GB RAM looks like specs sticker shock. 

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Active features

We expect the Galaxy S7 Active to have better weatherproofing than the rest of its S7 family but beyond that we can only make speculations based of its predecessor. The S6 Active was an AT&T exclusive (which is why AT&T was reportedly testing the S7 Active) and had the same weatherproofing as the S7 and S7 Edge do now, the IP68. It would then stand to reason that the new version will improve upon this and we could see an even better water and dust proof device.

The camera system on the S7 Active could include a 12 MP camera rear camera, which is 4 MP smaller than its predecessor. But this is not something we need to be worried about. Samsung did this with the S6 to S7 and made up for the fewer number of pixels with dual-pixel technology. We can expect the smartphone giant to do the same with the S7 Active.