The Samsung Galaxy S5 could come in two flavours: tasty, familiar Android and untried untasted Tizen.
Android has helped propel Samsung to become the biggest phone manufacturer in the world in recent years. But every phone Samsung sells sends a cut of the price to Google -- and Google continues to make money from the phone every time you spend money on apps, games, movies and music from the Google Play online store. Samsung wants a slice of that pie, and its own brand Tizen software could be key to taking that slice.
This is still a rumour, but I'd speculate that Samsung wouldn't offer you the choice of Android or Tizen. It seems more likely to me that Tizen would be offered in some markets and not in others -- probably in emerging markets to keep the price down. Samsung is no stranger to offering different versions of a particular phone in different regions: the S4 is a quad-core phone in some parts of the world but has an eight-core chip in others.
The biggest problem with Tizen is that it won't have a fraction of the apps, games and services that Android has, which will be a big problem for many customers.
None more metal
Rumours suggest the next S will be the first Galaxy smart phone to be iPhone 5 or the polycarbonate Nokia Lumia range.. The S4 certainly took flak in some quarters for its glossy plastic body; not only was it identical to the previous S3, but it doesn't have the premium feel of rivals such as the metal-framed
Samsung has moved away from glossy plastic with the, on sale next week. The new Note has a suave leather-effect rear -- complete with fake stitching -- for a more pleasing grip and less plasticky feel.
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