An Indian web site devoted to tracking imports into that country has reported that Samsung has imported 3 Tizen-powered Galaxy S5s for testing in that country. In June, Android announced it's first official Tizen-powered smartphone, the Samsung Z
, for the Russian market, but this is the first time Tizen has been associated with a Galaxy branded device.
The choice of India for testing this device could be an indication that Samsung has plans to roll Tizen out in more cost-conscious markets, at least initially. Or it might mean nothing at all. Samsung's input and cooperation with Google
on the next release of Android would seem to indicate there are no plans to abandon Android any time soon.
Compared to the Samsung Z, the Galaxy S5 has a larger, higher resolution screen, more memory, and a faster CPU, so these devices could certainly coexist in the marketplace. Samsung Update will continue to watch, and keep you informed, of Samsung's continued work with both Android and Tizen. It will be interesting to see how Samsung supports and markets two separate OS's, and how Google will react if Samsung really starts to push Tizen forward.
Would you consider a Tizen-powered Galaxy, if Samsung sold that product where you live?