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Tizen 2.0 screenshots reveal that Samsung's UI designers are competent

Tizen, the OS that Samsung is working on with Intel, is going to hit version 2.0 this year, and boy does it look pretty. Will people actually want it though?
February 18, 2013

When people think Samsung, they think Android, but that would be doing the company a disservice. Samsung has released a handful of devices running Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, but more importantly they’re also working on a brand new operating system with Intel called Tizen. In case you haven’t heard of Tizen, it used to be called MeeGo back when Nokia was working on it a few years ago. But then Nokia gave up on the project, so Samsung took over their work and renamed the OS.

With that out of the way, let’s get to today’s news: The Tizen 2.0 SDK is out, and thanks to SamMobile, we have some screenshots of what it looks like. We’re not going to lie, it’s nice. It’s super nice. The lines are clean, the design is tight, and it kind of reminds us of Nokia’s N9 due to the rounded icons.

When will Samsung announce a device running Tizen? That’s the question everyone is struggling to answer. Assuming for a moment that a Tizen phone is going to hit store shelves this summer, why would a consumer buy one instead of going for a device powered by Android? Don’t people want access to Google’s ecosystem? Don’t people want access to the Google Play Store?

Mobile World Congress is just one week away, so we hope we’ll get some answers there. If not, then there’s always Samsung’s rumored Unpacked event that’s scheduled to take place on the 14th of March. Again, we’re struggling to see why someone would want a Tizen phone instead of an Android phone, so Samsung has to do a good job at communicating why we should care about their new platform.

Why do you think Samsung is working on Tizen? Is it purely to piss off Google by showing them that they can switch OS whenever they please?