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The Gear A will have a rotating bezel, Samsung confirms

The Gear A will have a rotating bezel, Samsung confirms

While all eyes are on the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+ for next month's Samsung event, there is one little guy that will also be vying for the spotlight. And by little, we mean smartwatch size. Yes, the Gear A/Orbis might also be making a debut in two weeks time and it might be Samsung's most significant smartwatch yet. Unless you consider its other smartwatches significant. And no, it won't be because of the stubborn Tizen OS inside. This time, it's all about the bezels.

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Samsung Gear A round smartwatch details revealed

Samsung Gear A round smartwatch details revealed

Samsung's first round smartwatch's details arrive in the form of early developer specifications. What we're looking at here is more than just the first wave of software specs - here we've got a set of hardware specs as well. The resting conglomeration of details has us understanding more about this smartwatch than we usually are able to glean from a smartwatch that's just been launched. It's expected that this "Samsung Gear A" will be launched directly alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus.

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Samsung Z3 tipped for 5-inch HD Super AMOLED screen

Samsung Z3 tipped for 5-inch HD Super AMOLED screen

Samsung is tipped to be working on a new smartphone that will be powered by the Tizen operating system. The very first smartphone that Samsung launched running its Tizen OS was the Samsung Z1, which was an entry-level device that wanted to compete with basic entry-level Windows and Android devices. Rumors are now swirling that Samsung is working on a replacement for that device called the Samsung Z3.

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New Samsung Tizen smartphones coming later this year

New Samsung Tizen smartphones coming later this year

Surprise, surprise! Despite lack of word or whisper, Samsung isn't about to give up on its Tizen plans for world domination, especially when its one and only smartphone so far is reportedly selling well in the one and only region it's available. Insider sources even claim that the Korean OEM has plans to put out more, which means not just one, handsets running this less known mobile platform sometime later this year. Those devices will supposedly embrace a wide range of prices, which could mean we will finally get to see a high end Tizen smartphone, if such a thing even exists.

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Samsung 2015 Evolution Kit upgrades old smart TVs to Tizen

Samsung 2015 Evolution Kit upgrades old smart TVs to Tizen

If you own one of the Samsung smart TVs that hit the market in 2013 or 2014 and you are, feeling left out now that the new 2015 smart TVs from Samsung run Tizen, you can upgrade. Samsung has announced a new 2015 Evolution Kit SEK-3500U that will update your 2013 or 2014 model Samsung smart TV to Tizen.

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Samsung Tizen app store heads to more countries

Samsung Tizen app store heads to more countries

Since the Tizen OS launched from Samsung, smartphones with that OS have been limited to India and Bangladesh. That meant that people from other countries couldn't get Samsungs homegrown Android challenger by default on a smartphone you can purchase in the store. As of now, the only device in the countries where Tizen is available is the Samsung Z1.

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Samsung rumored to have two Tizen phones in the works

Samsung rumored to have two Tizen phones in the works

The initial, and to be honest, quite unexpected success of Samsung's first Tizen smartphone inspired some speculation that the OEM would immediately follow up the Samsung Z1 with a successor. Two months have passed with nary a word, perhaps overshadowed by the Galaxy S6 and its sibling. Now, however, the rumors are back and this time, word is that there might actually be two Tizen devices on the way, one that is a slight upgrade and another one with more formidable specs.

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IMASD Click-ARM One promises the modular tablet dream

IMASD Click-ARM One promises the modular tablet dream

This year might be a year for modular mobile devices. Or at least the attempt to market these things. On the smartphone front, we have a lot of them, including Project Ara, Phonebloks, and PuzzlePhone. You even have laptops with OLPC Australia's upcoming XO-Infinity. Now even tablets are getting their chance too, with a limited edition Click-ARM One tablet which tries to deliver that modular tablet promise, but in a slightly different, and perhaps less convenient way that these other projects often try to sell.

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Tizen Samsung Z2 rumored to be coming soon with qHD screen

Tizen Samsung Z2 rumored to be coming soon with qHD screen

Emboldened by its unexpected success with the Tizen-bearing Samsung Z1 in India, Samsung is now reported to be stepping on the gas pedal. The Samsung Z2, which is what the next iteration may or should be called, might just be around the corner, months ahead of schedule. And while the rumor mill is still silent on juicy details, development on the Tizen OS itself seems to hold hints that the next smartphone will be able to support a slightly higher resolution of 960x540 pixels.

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Samsung Z1 Tizen OS phone selling better than expected in India

Samsung Z1 Tizen OS phone selling better than expected in India

Samsung has been struggling to get back to the success it enjoyed only a few years ago as its products often sell in smaller volumes than expected. Some have blamed the lower than expected sales on devices that were not that different from the products they replaced. Samsung has a bright spot in its low-end smartphone category in India with the Samsung Z1 smartphone.

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Samsung Z1 smartphone: powered by Tizen, destined for India

Samsung Z1 smartphone: powered by Tizen, destined for India

Samsung has taken the wraps off its new Tizen-powered smartphone, the Z1. This relatively modest smartphone is the first running Tizen that will be offered to users in India, and it will be bringing with it things like regional entertainment apps and a simplified UI. The handset is tailored to certain needs found in emerging markets, including elements that help keep data use to a minimum. The handset is available as of today for INR 5,700 (about $92 USD).

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Here’s how Tizen on Samsung’s SUHD Smart TVs works

Here’s how Tizen on Samsung’s SUHD Smart TVs works

Samsung may have invented some new branding for its top-tier TVs, but we're more interested in how Tizen has found its way into the sets as Sammy's smart TV OS of choice. The company has been flirting with the open-source platform for the past few years, predominantly focusing on its potential on the wrist as an OS for smartwatches and wearables, but for the 2015 SUHD TV range it's being repurposed as a catch-up platform for live, on-demand, and streaming content that plays particularly nicely with smartphones and tablets. We stopped by to see how it all worked.

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