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Tizen-powered Samsung Z1 doesn’t avoid Google’s ecosystem

Following delays of over a year, Samsung finally shipped its first Tizen-powered handset, the Z1, earlier this month in India. The arrival of Tizen on smartphones – remember it’s been on Samsung’s Gear smartwatches for almost a year now – has been a long time coming, and there’s been plenty of speculation among press and mobile industry watchers that Tizen could emerge as a viable alternative to Android for the Korean electronics giant.

What we’ve found during our initial hands-on time with an Indian Samsung Z1, however, is a phone that’s very much at ease with Google’s ecosystem.

I want one of these – if only to see what Samsung can build if they’re not just shipping Android.

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