Samsung continues to drag its feet with its in-house operating system, Tizen – we really thought that there would be a mass-produced Tizen smartphone by now. Samsung’s latest version, Tizen 2.3, is now out and our source has a plethora of screenshots for you to peruse in the gallery below. We also have a video to watch that runs through the basic uses – Contacts, Text Messaging, Phone Dialer and more – to give you a better idea of how the workflow is – looks much like Android to me, what about you?
Our best guess is that Samsung will use Tizen on its low-end devices that it sells in the Asian market, especially in India. The device will run Tizen 2.3 out-of-the-box and from our sources screenshots, you can tell that it uses bright and lively colors that will really pop out of you on their AMOLED displays. Samsung’s go-to color, blue is used as the main color – we have seen Android 5.0 Lollipop running on a Galaxy Note 3 and Samsung-blue, as we called, was very prevalent, which is okay with me as blue is my favorite color. According to our source, Tizen also uses a special font called TizenSans throughout the design to lend some consistency and uniformity and you can even download the font HERE.
Tizen 2.3 UX is really optimized for smaller and lower screen resolutions, such as WVGA (480 x 800), HD (720 x 1280) and it even works quite well on FHD (1080 x 1920) displays. All resolutions have the same basic layout with the same width, text size and height all appearing identical. With the FHD, because of the higher resolution, more content shows up on the display than with the others resolutions. As in the past versions, Tizen 2.3 UX also use the 2D icons that appear generally rounded.
Having you own operating system does have its advantages – look at Apple’s iOS – where you control everything and everybody’s device has a uniform look and feel. There are no overlays or skins to worry about since that is all a part of your OS – updates, like pure Android, are quick and easy. Like iOS, there is little room for customization or more importantly, personalization, where we can manipulate the screens to look like we want them to look – large time or weather, news updates, notifications and so much more. Time will tell what Samsung’s ultimate plan is for Tizen, but for now we will simply keep our Android ‘eye’ on them. Please hit us up on our Google+ Page and let us know what you think about Tizen…as always, we would love to hear from you.