Tizen was first shown off on Samsung phones at Mobile World Congress 2013. Now that a year has passed, how does the Android-alternative operating system look?
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Tizen is highly customisable. Samsung has therefore done its utmost to make it look a lot like its Android TouchWiz interface.
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There are app icons and live widgets scattered across various homescreen panels.
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You can resize the widgets too.
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Samsung's app menu looks almost identical to its Android one.
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You'll even see familiar faces like S Note.
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The rounded icons look a lot like the new icons on the Galaxy S5.
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There are still plenty of settings to confuse you.
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The camera app can float above the rest of the interface.
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You can have different versions of your homescreen so you can customise which widgets show on your screen at which time.
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The widgets -- named "dynamic boxes" -- can display more information if you swipe down on them.
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News widgets, for example, can show more of a story without you needing to open an app.
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This F1 racing game looked good.
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There's a Tizen app store. You can find some native apps, but it will also run HTML 5 apps.
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This is an HTML 5 app -- I couldn't tell it wasn't a native app as it ran very smoothly.
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I love playing Asphalt 8 on Android and it seemed to run fine on Tizen, too.
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The image gallery is pulled straight from Samsung's Galaxy phones.
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ZTE had a Tizen phone too. Its version of Tizen was much more basic.
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There's no app menu -- app icons are simply scattered on the homescreen.
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The settings menu is more basic -- but much easier to understand.
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Physically, Samsung's phone looks the same as the Galaxy S4. Keep in mind that this isn't the phone that will be released -- it's just a reference model.
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The home button is identical.
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There's a camera in the same place on the back too.
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Intel is working with Tizen to bring the software to in-car entertainment systems.
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It'll be able to run Google Maps with touch and voice control.
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Working with manufacturers like Land Rover, Intel intends the software to be able to give detailed information about the car.
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