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There has been a lot of speculation this year about Samsung’s Tizen devices. The company has already termed the OS it has built in collaboration with Intel as a “simple alternative” to Android, but so far no glimpse of its Tizen powered smartphone has been seen. It was previously rumored that perhaps Samsung might show something at the MWC 2014 in Barcelona, and it certainly intends to. Invitations have been sent out for an event in Barcelona on February 23rd, just one day before the Mobile World Congress 2014 kicks off.

The invite reads that event attendees will be offered an “exclusive sneak preview of the newest Tizen devices,” and that both companies will talk about the major milestones the OS has achieved since last year’s event. Analysts believe that Samsung is under increasing pressure to show off Tizen to the world, given the fact that a number of other nascent mobile platforms have already started making their way into the market, Jolla and Firefox OS are prime examples. It was rumored that Samsung’s first Tizen powered smartphone will be released in 2013, but apparently the company’s co-CEO pushed the release back because they wanted to further enhance and improve Tizen. Apart from smartphones, Samsung is also due to unveil Tizen powered smart TVs and refrigerators.

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