Our friends over at Phandroid got some hands on time with a prototype handset by Samsung running Tizen, and I have to say that I'm quite impressed with what I see so far. What I particularly find interesting, is that from watching the video, it looks like a 'skinned' version of Android. You'll see the familiar widgets, back/home/menu buttons, notification center etc. If I was told this handset was running Android I wouldn't have second guessed it. The 'round icons' are understated and really seem to fit nicely into the entire theme of the OS. I also am very fond of how you can resize the icons on the home screen giving the handset a sort of Windows Phone feel. When you resize the icon it turns it into a widget. Should we call them Wicons?

What you will notice is that Tizen isn't exactly a finished product--yet. It's still a little rough around the edges and a little laggy. From what I see though it is looking like a very promising platform and Samsung has already proven they can build one heck of a nice looking UI aka Magazine UX. Hopefully this year we should start seeing some Tizen based handsets hitting he scene, but right now nobody really knows anything. The questions still remain. When and where will Samsung announce a Tizen based smartphone.

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