While Samsung has done extremely well making Android phones, the company doesn’t want its destiny tied to another company’s platform. That’s why it’s been plugging a lot of resources into Tizen, its homemade operating system that it hopes to establish as the fourth major mobile platform after iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
By digging around through the Korea Intellectual Property Rights Information Service database, Sammy Today has found a series of screenshots of the Tizen user interface that will make its debut on smartphones that are tipped to be announced in February. The screenshots show a user interface that looks significantly different from the TouchWiz overlay that Samsung uses on its Android phones, which SamMobile thinks is a good thing. Nonetheless, there are some definite TouchWiz influences that can’t be overlooked.
“A few similarities to TouchWiz can be seen as well, mainly in the notification bar icons, and a few TouchWiz features, like Driving Mode and S-Beam are also visible,” SamMobile writes. “Samsung has been rumored to be making Tizen as feature-packed and complete as possible before launch, so don’t be surprised if you see many of the Samsung features you’ve seen on Android on Tizen as well.”
Some of the Tizen screenshots follow below.