Samsung has launched the Samsung Z, the world's first smartphone to be powered by the Tizen operating system (OS). It represents a departure from the majority of Samsung devices, most of which are based on Google's Android OS.
The Samsung Z features a 4.8in display and a 2.3GHz Quad-core processor, along with security provided by a fingerprint sensor.
However, unlike other Samsung smartphones, the Samsung Z has been built specifically for use with Tizen, the Linux-based open source operating system for mobile devices. The software, which is written in HTML5, is said to run smartphone applications in a much smoother way than either Android or iOS
In order to encourage developers to build applications for the Tizen OS, Samsung will be providing a "special promotional programme" for one year. Samsung will host a number of "local app challenges" in Russia – where the device will be launched first – and surrounding nations in order to help populate the store.
The Samsung Z will be on display at the Tizen Developer Conference in San Francisco this week before an initial release in Russia between July and September this year. The phone's availability will expand into other markets at a later date.
"Samsung is committed to enhancing the mobile experience of consumers with innovation that is both personal and unique to their needs," said DJ Lee, president and head of global sales and marketing, mobile communications business, Samsung.
"The Samsung Z integrates the power and adaptability of the Tizen platform, enabling users to browse the web faster and utilise applications more effectively," he added.
Samsung has not yet issued information about the price of the smartphone, or which mobile networks it'll be available on.