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Tizen-running Samsung Z smartphone marks break from Android

Samsung is set to move away from its reliance on Google's Android operating system (OS), by releasing the first smartphone to run on its own Tizen platform.

The Samsung Z is set to be released in Russia in the third quarter of this year and is seen as an important development for the South Korean technology giant.

The phone will come complete with a 4.8in Super AMOLED display, boasting a 1,280 x 780 pixel resolution along with a rear-facing 8-megapixel and front-facing 2.1-megapixel camera. Its 2.3GHz quad-core processor will aim to deliver top system performance, while a built-in fingerprint sensor should provide secure privacy protection.

The price has not yet been disclosed but the new phone will be displayed at the Tizen Developer Conference at San Francisco this week.

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While most Samsung phones utilise the Android platform, the move to an alternative operating system is viewed by many as a step to make the company less reliant on the Google-developed OS.

"Samsung is committed to enhancing the mobile experience of consumers with innovation that is both personal and unique to their needs," said DJ Lee, Samsung's president of mobile communications.

Tizen has been developed by a range of software companies led by Samsung and Intel, as the company looks to maintain its a high position in the smartphone market.

The new operating system is already in use on the company's latest smartwatches, and it is seen as an attractive development platform due to the ease with which it runs software written in the HTML5 web language.

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Like Android, the Tizen platform will be open source and will be accompanied by its own app store, allowing Samsung to generate extra revenue from downloads

The company has already stated that in order to "encourage more developers to join, the Tizen Store will provide a special promotional program to all developers for one year," and in the near future there would even be the option to build apps for Tizen-based TVs.