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Samsung Tries to Shake Google Reliance With $92 India Phone

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Samsung Electronics Co. is making a break from Google Inc. today, selling a $92 smartphone in India that runs its own homegrown Tizen software rather than the search giant’s Android operating system.

The Samsung Z1 -- with 3G capability and a liquid-crystal display -- is selling for 5,700 rupees, the world’s largest smartphone maker said in a statement. It’s the first phone using Tizen, the system Samsung developed with Huawei Technologies Co. and Intel Corp. to challenge the Android software that powers most of the world’s mobile devices.