tizen_os_phone_leakA new report  from The Wall Street Journal is hinting that the first wave of Tizen-based smartphones might be heading to India and Russia.

The journal claims that Samsung is planning an event in Moscow in the weeks ahead, where the company is expected to launch its first smartphone powered by Tizen OS.

The report suggests that the rumored Moscow event will see the unveiling of the Tizen smartphone in the same format as Samsung’s Android-powered Galaxy flagship events.

It should be noted that Samsung ditched Android for its wearable devices and launched Tizen-based Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches at the MWC.

The Tizen consortium includes giants such as Intel, Fujitsu, Samsung, LG, Huawei, and European mobile carriers Vodafone and Orange. While we’re still waiting for the first Tizen-powered mobile phones, Samsung announced the first Tizen-based device, the NFC and Wi-Fi-enabled mirrorless NX300M camera, in November last year.

In April Samsung in an attempt to lure developers introduced a $1.25 million prize for Gear App Challenge for developers to create apps specifically for its Tizen-based smart wearables.

Source: ndtv