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Samsung's First Tizen Smartphone Gets Leaked 153

SmartAboutThings writes "We are less than a month away from seeing the first ever Tizen smartphone from Samsung. The leaked image points toward a Feb. 24th launch date at MWC 2014 in Barcelona. The phone design is very similar to Galaxy phones, while the UI reminds us of Windows Phone 8. Samsung is also one of the world's top smartphone vendors, so it should have a decent chance at developing a mobile OS of its own, don't you think?"
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Samsung's First Tizen Smartphone Gets Leaked

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  • I don't think so (Score:5, Insightful)

    by loufoque ( 1400831 ) on Wednesday January 29, 2014 @06:15AM (#46098399)

    Being one of the top hardware vendors doesn't magically enable you to write good software.

  • Re:Bada (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Stormwatch ( 703920 ) <> on Wednesday January 29, 2014 @07:06AM (#46098551) Homepage

    Wasn't Bada only used in low-end devices? This one seems to be rather high-end.

  • by fuzzyfuzzyfungus ( 1223518 ) on Wednesday January 29, 2014 @07:17AM (#46098581) Journal

    It doesn't rule it out either...

    There's no general-case connection; but this is Samsung we are talking about here, so it's pretty safe to assume that anything they added will be about as classy as the bloatware on a Best Buy HP-Compaq at the bottom of the price range...

    If we are lucky, the BSP side might not be a total failure; but Samsung makes a hell of a mess when they try app development, at least on their android devices.

  • by fuzzyfuzzyfungus ( 1223518 ) on Wednesday January 29, 2014 @07:23AM (#46098607) Journal

    Typing on a touch screen SUCKS, why do people buy these things?

    Space constraints. With a touchscreen, your typing sucks; but you recover all the keyboard space for viewing whenever you aren't typing. If you want a hard keyboard, you either chop the bottom third of the screen, or add nontrivial thickness and mechanical complexity for a folding or sliding keyboard.

    Damned if I can understand the freak kids who seem to enjoy typing with their thumbs on a featureless pane of glass; but it isn't really hard to see why screens larger than the classic blackberry layout allowed have taken over, given that using tiny screens is also pretty miserable.

  • Re:Bada (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Thantik ( 1207112 ) on Wednesday January 29, 2014 @08:37AM (#46098853)

    This is the difference between real capitalism, and American capitalism. In real capitalism, you naturally get a race to the bottom. In American capitalism, you get government protectionism to keep your antiquated, inflated business practices afloat while you strip people of every penny you can.

  • by Simulant ( 528590 ) on Wednesday January 29, 2014 @08:45AM (#46098881) Journal
    ...but only if they can release OS updates for 1-2 years after a phone's release.

    My experience with Samsung, (my first 3 android phones were Samsung), is that they tend to ship and forget. They showed no loyalty to me and so I never developed any loyalty to them. I think they got where they are by market saturation rather than any real, inherent superiority of their products.
  • Re:Bada (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 29, 2014 @11:02AM (#46099849)

    (Posting AC because I'm at work and I don't log into websites from work not because I'm unwilling to put my name behind my post.)

    That is simply one of the most moronic things I've read on Slashdot in quite some time.

    Or, to put it in a car analogy so you understand why I think you're utterly daft, please ask yourself which auto manufacturers make the high end cars that don't care about competing on price and which manufacturers are primarily interested in being just a bit cheaper than their competitors.

    To put it simply, some manufacturers are offering the same grapple grommet as the next guy so the only way to compete is via price while other manufacturers are offering a lot more and are targeting a more affluent market and thus don't compete on price. American vs non-American has absolutely NOTHING to do with that equation.

    And, no, I'm not American so this has nothing to do with defending "my" national pride. This is simply me calling out a moron for a moronic comment.

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