Native Instagram, Facebook and Messenger apps may be headed to Tizen

Tizen UI Galaxy Z

Tizen Tizen, Samsung’s platform for all things mobile, is likely to be getting some love from the biggest player in the app market, social networking giant Facebook. Facebook may be working to release native versions of its various services like Instagram, Messenger and the main Facebook app to Tizen soon.

Beta versions of the upcoming apps are reportedly going to be availed to willing users of Tizen smartphones to test over a period of time before an official launch can be considered. It is however not yet clear if there’ll be emulation of any kind. Whatever the case, just this news of their rumoured presence on a platform that hasn’t seen much traction smartphone-wise, will likely restore some hope to any one who doubted if Tizen will finally be able to attract big name developers.

Facebook’s social apps each boast of high user engagement of downloads upwards of a billion on the two main mobile platforms they are available on. So far it is only Whatsapp, another Facebook-owned app that has graced the platform.

Samsung just recently opened up its Tizen store and there’s every indication that following the success of the pilot Z1 in India and Bangladesh, the company may be bringing more Tizen devices to other markets as well and big name applications are likely to be fronted as something to not only attract users but also other big companies like noted game developers.

Via Sammobile

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Emmanuel writes on mobile hardware, software and platforms.