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Samsung Galaxy S4 seen running Tizen 3.0 OS

Samsung is getting closer to diminishing its reliance on Android with screenshots showing a Galaxy S4 running a new version of the Tizen OS.

Tizen Indonesia carry a number of photos that show the user interface [UI] of Tizen 3.0 on the Galaxy S4, suggesting the South Korean firm is seriously considering moving its devices over to the OS.

The screenshots show the UI at a range of different stages with the lock screen looking similar to the one that is present on the Samsung Touch Wiz UI on Samsung’s Android range of smartphones. Other pictures will make observers think of the Windows Phone OS Metro UI with the dialler remarkably similar in appearance to the one used on Android OS devices.

Tizen is a Linux-based operating system that is the run by a Technical Steering Group made up of Samsung and Intel. The former merged its Bada OS project into Tizen with Intel doing the same with some of its MeeGo work.

The next version of Tizen, which is shown in these new screenshots, will be released in the early part of 2014 with March pegged as the possible month that it’ll first be available.

Samsung brought a Tizen based smartphone to the Mobile World Congress [MWC] earlier this year with a Galaxy S2 lookalike running Tizen version 2.0 and there are also plans for Huawei to release devices based on the OS.

The Galaxy S4, which is the phone that been seen running Tizen 3.0, ships with a 5in Super AMOLED Full HD display with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution. It has an impressive Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor clocked at 1.9GHz and will be running Android 4.3 next month that allows it to support connectivity with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

Rumours of Samsung shifting to Tizen have been floating around for some time and plans may accelerate if the early Tizen based smartphones are successful.

Image Credit: Tizen Indonesia