Samsung tries new operating system, move to reduce reliance on Android

SEOUL, KOREA:  Samsung Electronics, the world's No.1 smartphone maker, on Monday unveiled its first smartphone powered by Tizen, the open-source operating system (OS), to rely less on Google's Android.

The Samsung Z will be on show at the Tizen Developer Conference to be held this week in San Francisco, the United States, the South Korean company said in a statement.

The tech behemoth said that the phone is optimized with the Tizen software, which will offer a faster startup time and immediate multi-tasking capabilities.

The smartphone comes with a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display and a 2.3 GHz Quad-core processor. It features a distinctive home and application layout for easy access to favourite apps.

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Samsung has been struggling to develop its own operating system to rely less on the Android of Google, which has been working on supports for other Android-based device makers.

The Samsung Z will be available in the third quarter in Russia and is planned to expand to other markets later.

-Xinhua

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