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Phones powered by Tizen heading to India and Russia

At MWC in February, Samsung quietly showed off a Tizen powered handset while introducing a pair of  Tizen powered smartwatches. Next stop for Sammy’s OS is India and Russia, where it will be employed in a new smartphone. A report published on Sunday states that the Korean tech titan will be holding an “Unpacked” event in Moscow within weeks, to unveil the handset. Since the manufacturer uses these events to introduce its high-end models, we could be getting a hint of the type of device that will be revealed.

The date of the event will supposedly coincide with a Tizen developers conference meeting in San Francisco that will be held in early June. In addition to a Russian launch, the Samsung Tizen phone is also expected to be unveiled in India. And there is also speculation that a Tizen driven television will also be made available in the region.

When Tizen was first announced, many felt that Samsung was trying to reduce its reliance on Google’s Android OS. Samsung is said to feel strongly that it is the major reason for the success of Android, with models like the Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy S4 and the just released Samsung Galaxy S5. But now, it appears that Samsung will confine Tizen flavored smartphones to emerging markets.

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