Samsung’s first Tizen based smartphone is expected to be launched tomorrow as an entry-level device in the form of the Samsung Z1. Although Tizen is a completely different operating system and will most certainly have a much smaller app store available to users, thanks to the Open Mobile ACL technology which will be launched with the Samsung Z1 and will be available to download from the Tizen app store on launch day (presumably), users will be able to run Android apps on their Tizen based hardware, albeit from a selection of apps that Open Mobile releases to the Tizen store alongside their ACL app, which is said to be around a thousand different Android apps at launch.
In the video below we can see the Android version of WhatsApp being emulated on the Samsung Z1, (the video is only at 240p and pretty grainy, we apologize if it hurts your eyes) and although these won’t be Android apps running with the exact same experience as on an Android phone, Open Mobile mentions that they will perform at a speed similar to what we could expect from them running directly on Android. Whether you take that to mean they’ll perform just fine or that they’ll see a slight bit of lag compared to running on Android is up to you, but WhatsApp seems to run ok on the Samsung Z1 so we’d guess that of the Android apps that are supposed to be available when this phone goes up for sale, there shouldn’t be any issues with running them.
Open Mobile describes the apps running on Tizen as having “minimal latency” and that they will run as native on the Tizen OS, so that should be some good news for those that may be considering making the switch from an Android device to this Tizen based Samsung Z1. The Samsung Z1 is said to be sporting a 4-inch display with a 480 x 800 pixel resolution, 768MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage space, and a dual-core processor. If those specs sound a little underwhelming to you, remember that this is supposed to be entry-level, and it shows. We’ll keep you updated on the Samsung Z1 as it’s scheduled for a launch in juts under a day, and you can check out the video of WhatsApp running on it below.