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Close-up with Samsung's Tizen OS TV prototype

At the Tizen Developer Conference, Samsung unveiled a prototype television set running the open-source Tizen operating system.

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The Tizen TV is merely a prototype, but it offers an interesting look at what manufacturers like Samsung can do with the open-source operating system.

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As with most Smart TVs these days, you'll be able to load a Tizen-powered TV with apps. As the TV is still just a prototype, there was no word on what those apps might actually entail.

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The entire Tizen ecosystem is interconnected: if you've connected your cloud storage apps with the Tizen CloudBox offering, you'll be able to access your files right from your television set.

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Photos and videos will be accessible from your phone through cloud storage apps, or via external devices by way of USB.

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Music will be accessible in the same manner. Music streaming apps are ostensibly in the cards, but (once again) this is a prototype unit, so details are scant.

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If you'd like to do a bit of Web browsing on your television set, you'll find a full browser baked right into Tizen. Some sites -- like YouTube -- are already optimized for TVs.

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Tizen puts the entire Internet at your disposal, though you'll run into some snags on multimedia websites. You'll be able to type Web addresses through a virtual keyboard, which is as painful as it sounds. Fortunately, you can also use any mobile device that's connected to the same Wi-Fi network as a wireless keyboard.

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The prototype TV was coupled with a Samsung remote, which offers a directional pad to help you navigate menus.

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If you'd rather take a more immersive approach, the remote can double as a pointer, driving a cursor on screen.

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