In Tizen includes a set of applications that perform basic tasks. Many of them hide the status bar for no apparent reason to do so. And the user can not see the signal status and time – the data you’ve always wanted to keep an eye on. Hide the status bar is only useful for applications that switch on all the user’s attention – mainly for gaming and video. Tizen operating system is closely connected with the Samsung Account. This is not surprising. Even in Android Google account plays a very important role. How did the whole situation with the ecosystem and applications Tizen? Has Samsung Z1 first smartphone to a new era?
This issue is on the resource Ars Technica was thoroughly reviewed by Ron Amadeo, who perfectly illustrated his story. Samsung Account allows you to back up and synchronize all settings, text and data. Samsung sold adapters sync with Google, Dropbox, Facebook and Exchange. This, of course, better than nothing, but is not officially supported.
will support Gmail, calendar, and contacts. It’s not bad, but, for example, calendar events are synchronized only once per hour. Contacts do not appear in the “My Contacts» («My Contacts») on the page «google.com/contacts», they appear in the “Other contacts» («Other Contacts»), the list displaying the email addresses of all who had -or wrote you a letter.
Dropbox application itself is not. Only sync adapter, hidden in the settings. Dropbox and Facebook synchronized efforts of Samsung («Synced by Samsung»), which means that no immediate synchronization. Synchronize more frequently than hourly, not work.
You can not specify which folders you want to sync. Dropbox synchronizes images from your camera. Without screenshots. Maybe screenshots need not all, but, as shown by surveys of Android-devices, the ability to take a screenshot of the screen mobile device and immediately send it to a computer is an interesting possibility. With Tizen not do without USB-cable. There is also no way to view files in Dropbox. Adapter only syncs photos with camera gallery.
For Tizen there an app store where you will find what you would expect: free and paid applications, a list of popular, category, update the permissions they require applications and user reviews.
The problem lies elsewhere. For Tizen there are about one thousand applications. Suffice it to compare with Android or iOS, for each of which, it is estimated that already created about 1 million 300 applications to understand – the operating system only debuts. Even in the Windows Phone Store has 300,000 applications. And Blackberry World boasts 130 thousands of software for mobile devices stationed there.
By default, you will see the page number of applications known names -« Google »,« YouTube » or «Facebook». But in most cases it is just a reference to the mobile version of site. For Facebook implemented at least synchronization of contacts and images, but no support for notifications. Mobile site YouTube to Tizen will not be able to show videos in high definition, because the mobile site is limited to displaying video with a resolution of only up to 480p.
The only known (and most remarkable of the free) app for Tizen – WhatsApp. This is a client instant messaging, which was recently bought by Facebook for a truly huge amount of US $ 16 billion. In India, 70 million users WhatsApp, making it necessary applications for smartphones based on the Indian market. WhatsApp but not to create applications specifically for Tizen. This Android-application that runs on Tizen by a third-party cross-platform middleware called «Android Compatibility Layer (ACL) for Tizen» («Layer compatibility with Android for Tizen»).
Run Android-app on Tizen through middleware – quite strange approach. Compatibility layer has an ancient Android-Gingerbread keyboard from small fragments and “android” interface. Starting the application takes some time, but when it has already launched, it works fine. At least at first glance created that impression. Compatibility layer is integrated directly into the application. Load it will not allow you to use other Android-app.
The fact that Samsung gradually became one of the components of an ambitious ecosystem. The company has several app stores, Knox security, Siri-like «S-Voice», platform instant messaging «Chat On», S Note and S-Pen. And yet – music service Milk and S-Translator. Has Samsung and many other applications. And none of this is not to Tizen.
It’s amazing, but Milk – own music service – does not work on “samsungovskoy” operating system. However, in India, this service is not available anyway, regardless of the phone you are using. No S-Voice. Samsung smart watches running Tizen, but do not work in conjunction with Tizen-phone. Company engaged in the automation of household utensils SmartThings, acquired by Samsung, does not have his application for Tizen. In the app store for just one application Tizen Samsung. And it is intended to transfer data from your old phone.
Each new operating system starts, having no more impressive ecosystem. But the main advantage of Android has always been a great support to them services of Google. Both companies – and Google, and Apple – occupy a leading position in the ecosystems created by them. Samsung also spend time developing services for the platform Google. And now when she went into their platform, none of these services are not available to her.
What are the services, applications and capabilities could make Tizen attractive to users of the operating system ? Will Samsung use their popularity to raise public interest in its mobile platform? Will her debut beginning next success story or disappointment?
The fourth and final part of the narrative will be devoted to technical specifications Samsung Z1, budget phone, which debuted OS Tizen . The appearance of a smartphone based on it waited for a long time, but he did not appear. The operating system used in other devices, including – in the smart watch. From this year on the platform under review will be based all smart TVs Samsung.