Indian Bollywood actress Huma Qureshi poses with Hyun Chil Hong, president and CEO of Samsung India, during the launch of the Samsung Z1 smartphone at a function in New Delhi on Jan. 14, 2015.
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January 14, 2015 10:54 AM EST

Samsung has launched its first smartphone powered by its Tizen operating system, a long-delayed departure from the Google-owned Android software that typically powers the company’s mobile devices.

The Samsung Z1, released Wednesday, runs on Tizen 2.3 and is available only in India. The Z1 is a low-end device, with a 4-inch screen, 4GB of storage and a 3.1 megapixel camera for about $92.

While Tizen feels similar to Android, the Z1 launch is a major step in Samsung’s attempt to lessen its dependence on the Google-controlled software as both companies look to connect devices beyond smartphones. Samsung previously promised Tizen-powered smartphones in early 2013 and then again last year, but neither plan panned out.

Before the Z1, Samsung’s only device running Tizen was its Gear S smartwatch and some of its new smart TVs, which the company announced at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month.

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