- Image courtesy of Samsung
The Tizen OS 3.0 download was spotted running on a Samsung Galaxy S4 this week.
Tizen Indonesia obtained a Galaxy S4 and has pictures of the device running the latest version of Tizen.
Samsung originally planned to launch its first official Tizen device this year, however, it kept postponing its release for various reasons. Tizen 3.0 is said to be ready for shipping, however, when it finally does ship it will be on low volume devices.
There were reports earlier this year stating that Samsung was expected to shift to its new Tizen OS and move away from its dependency on Android in 2014.These rumors pointed to the Galaxy S4 coming out with the new software.
In an older Bloomberg report, Samsung confirmed that it would be moving away from Android and will begin releasing handsets running Tizen OS sometime in the near future.
The company's reason for this is that it wants to take more control of its mobile experience that it is delivering to its users.
It will basically allow Samsung to have its own eco system. With Tizen, the company will now have full control over updates, features and hardware specifications of all of its products. However, Samsung has not revealed how it will begin to make the necessary changes.
In order to usher in a new OS, launching it on the flagship Galaxy S line would be good for marketing as fans of the former lines will purchase the next-generation model with the new software.
However, those who purchased the Galaxy S, S2, S3 and S4 for their incorporation of Android could lose interest if Samsung releases a Galaxy S4 running Tizen OS.