A new set of Tizen OS screenshots discovered in the Korea Intellectual Property Rights Information Service (KIPRIS) database reportedly show an updated version of Tizen 2.1, which is expected to run on the first Tizen smartphones. While version 3.0 is also in development, it’s not expected to be complete in time for launch.
In over 20 new images we see most of the apps we expect to come pre-installed on any smartphone, including messaging, contacts, calendar, photo gallery, a calculator, a web browser and a notification center. For the most part it looks like a full-formed OS, falling short of Android or iOS’s elegant simplicity, but definitely a step above Samsung’s own cluttered TouchWiz UI.
We definitely wouldn’t mind giving this version of Tizen a try, and hopefully it won’t be long before we get a chance to try out the new operating system for ourselves. Following multiple delays, Samsung is expected to unveil its first Tizen devices at a press event this February in Barcelona just a day before Mobile World Congress kicks off, though at this point there’s no guarantee the presentation will include a new smartphone.