Non-Android phones take centrestage
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Alternative smartphone operating systems have created a buzz at MWC 2013. In the past two days, phones running Firefox OS and Jolla were announced. Samsung- and Intel-backed Tizen operating system is the latest operating system announcement at MWC 2013. It was announced on Wednesday. Tizen 2.0 seems to be inspired from Google's Android and HP's webOS. It is based on the open source Linux operating system. Many reviewers have compared it to Android 2.2 (Froyo) and said that the OS needs polishing, just like the old version of Android. Samsung demonstrated a reference device at MWC, which showed that the user interface is similar to Android. Intel hasn't managed to get a foothold in the smartphone processor market so far and the company might hope to do so with phones running Tizen. Samsung said it will launch a few Tizen phones this year.
Opera Software had recently announced its decision to change the rendering engine in its browser from Presto to Webkit (used by Chrome and Safari). The company showcased an early build of its Webkit-based browser at MWC 2013. The new version comes with several rendering improvements and adds a new layout for switching between tabs and speed dial. There is an 'off-road' mode in the browser, which compresses webpages to reduce your data consumption. The new speed dial (bookmark tiles) is much cleaner and has two other tabs. Swipe left to access history and right to open the discover tab that shows you popular websites and articles.
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