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Update: We just came across a video of the new UI or the Galaxy Z. Posted at the bottom of the page.

On Monday, June 2, the Samsung Google feud took a new turn. Samsung introduced the Samsung Z smartphone. While that alone doesn’t sound all that interesting, the Samsung Z is the World’s first “commercially available smartphone powered by the Tizen platform.”1 Tizen, if you are unaware, is an open-source OS of everything:

Tizen is a broadly supported industry effort to create and to grow a new, open and flexible mobile operating system. Its built-in flexibility empowers operators, OEMs and developers to create applications, services and business models that enhance their brand and meet the needs of a broad consumer base. As an open source software platform, Tizen is expected to be a fast, simple and affordable path to creating and supporting these new offerings, and is designed to make it easy to develop for a range of devices while still delivering superior performance.2

Samsung ZThough I would be a bit skeptical about buying the first ever Tizen phone, the Samsung Z looks like a solid device. The Samsung Z is loaded with a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display and a 2.3 GHz Quad-core processor. It has an 8MP rear camera, and a 2.1MP front camera. It comes with some of the Galaxy S5 features like:Ultra Power Saving Mode, Download Booster, S Health 3.0, and a Fingerprint sensor. The Samsung Z comes with 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage, with a microSD slot up to 64GB.

SAMZ Specs

According to the release, “The Samsung Z will be available in Q3 in Russia and is planned to expand to other markets.”3 The device will be displayed at the upcoming Tizen Developer Conference in San Francisco beginning on June 3rd.

It may be a stretch, at least at this point, to think that Tizen can challenge Android. That said, if Samsung begins to switch over to the OS wholesale, there is no doubt that a ton of developers will follow suit.