Samsung is best known for its flashy Android smartphones, but it’s still looking to make a name for itself beyond Google’s software. That’s why it has been quietly working on Tizen for the past few years, and the latest version continues to add important features.
Tizen 3.0 adds two primary features: support for Khrono’s new graphic API Vulkan and Crosswalk, an open source web runtime. This will improve gaming performance and internet browsing experience. It will also add 64-bit support for both Intel and ARM architectures, multiple user support and a refreshed user interface with S-voice functionality.
Samsung is putting extra emphasis on security with the update. It now will group privileged system resources to reduce the complexity of policy management at the kernel level. The update also adds Cynara, a new policy check that will improve space access control.
Samsung’s enhancements in Tizen 3.0 are still catching up to Android and iOS. Most of the features added have already been available in those other platforms for quite some time in some capacity.
The Samsung Z4 will be the first phone with Tizen 3.0
Tizen has largely been relegated to specialty software only used in Samsung’s smartwatches and budget phones, and version 3.0 will be no different. The Samsung Z4 will be the first phone to come loaded with Tizen 3.0, and its squarely focused on the lower-end demographic.
The reported specs for the Z4 aren’t mind-blowing. It packs a 5-inch AMOLED 720p display, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, 8MP camera, dual-SIM support and 2,050mAh battery. Samsung has yet to announce a release date for Z4.