If you’re curious to get your hands on a Tizen-powered device, you might be surprised to learn that more than one is already available. At this year’s Tizen Developer Summit in Seoul, Samsung announced that its NX300M smart camera is running a modified build of the company’s Tizen software.
Announced last month, the NX300M is a refresh of Samsung’s NX300 mirrorless camera, with a 3.31-inch AMOLED touch screen capable of rotating 180 degrees. It features the same 20.3-megapixel APS-C sensor as the original, along with dual-channel Wi-Fi with SmartShare and NFC support. And on top of that, it apparently runs Tizen.
I haven’t gotten my hands on the camera yet, so I can’t say how the software has been modified to make it more camera-friendly, but this is the second Tizen device we’ve seen since the developer tablets released last month.
And while Samsung was expected to introduce a Tizen phone at some point this year, it appears that has been delayed until next year. That might be because Samsung has piled a little too much on its plate – working on a Mobile Lite version of the OS to support low-end smartphones, as well as a Tizen-powered smart TV slated to appear some time after the first Tizen phones are released. That’s not to mention all the effort and resources Samsung is devoting to its own SDKs for Android.
In addition to these Tizen updates, Nokia has also announced that it will power “maps and maps-related functionalities” in Tizen devices. This is an interesting development, but it also makes sense, since Tizen was developed to bring a little independence from Google to Samsung, which has relied quite heavily on the company’s Android operating system for some time.