It may not happen this year or even next, but eventually Samsung will take another flying leap forward in an attempt to one-up EVERYONE. How? By launching it’s own mobile operating system if course. But it’s a long game, not a sprint and the release of the Samsung Z in Russia on the heals of the Tizen fueled Gear 2 (and upgraded 1st gen Gear) are a series of small first steps to prove the concept. It’s going to happen – certainly not soon, but Samsung has proven patient and iterative in the past and that can only serve it well. If the consumer ultimately wins, I’m all for it.

But enough about that – how about this fella named Z?  Well, he’s got a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display, 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 8MP rear camera, 2.1MP front shooter, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, micro SD slot, 2600mAh battery, and runs Tizen 2.2.1. It has has a handful of Samsung’s TouchWiz-like software features, including S Health 3.0, Download Booster, and Ultra Power Saving Mode. The phone features a fingerprint sensor as well. Sounds like it’s on par with a decent device, if not a flagship, but then again that’s exactly what it needs to be, for now.

Since Tizen has almost no app ecosystem at this point, Samsung is trying to provide incentive to developers who are willing to work on the platform by offering some sort of promotional program. More to follow I’m sure.

Samsung Announces First Tizen Smartphone – Uh Oh? | Droid Life.