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

BEST LIST

Find the best hybrids on the market!

Hybrid technology can be applied to any type of car, and the best show the most significant fuel economy improvements over a similar gasoline-only car.

Hot Products