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If you’ve been following the news, you’re probably aware of all the rumors circulating about Samsung launching its own Tizen-powered smartphone called the Samsung Z1.

The phone has been reportedly set for a January 18th launch, and now we’re hearing that WhatsApp Messenger a subject that TruTower readers know intimately well, could come pre-installed on the device.

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WhatsApp continues to work across all platforms

This news comes via SamMobile and comes with some leaked photos as well.

These screenshots confirm that WhatsApp will continue being one of the few out of a growing number of messaging apps that works across all mobile platforms.

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the Tizen version of WhatsApp is identical to its Android counterpart

Essentially, likely because of the similarities with Android, the Tizen version of WhatsApp is identical to its Android counterpart and didn’t go through the redesign ringer like the iOS and Windows Phone versions did.

Now the question remains: when will the Z1 launch? While the aforementioned January 18th date might be accurate, we don’t know at this point until there’s an official announcement. Samsung hasn’t yet responded to TruTower‘s emails as of this writing.

Will you be picking up the Samsung Z1?

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By Josh Robert Nay

Josh Robert Nay is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TruTower. He has worked in the telecommunications industry since 2003 and specializes in GSM based technology. He also uses (too many) VoIP apps and is a long-time user of BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Phone. He adores anything having to do with space exploration and writing. In addition to the links below, he can be found on LinkedIn and can also be found on his website at