Android, iOS, and other mobile platforms soon will have new competition as the Tizen Association met in Barcelona, Spain, on February 26. More than 250 group members discussed the Tizen open-source, standards-based software platform’s recent progress and future.
Based on HTML5, Tizen targets multiple device categories including smart phones, tablets, netbooks, in-vehicle infotainment, and smart TVs with an operating system, applications, and a user experience that consumers can take from device to device. It resides with the Linux Foundation and is governed by a Technical Steering Group.
The Tizen Association guides the platform’s industry role by gathering requirements, identifying and facilitating service models, and supporting marketing and education. Its board of directors includes representatives from Fujitsu, Huawei, Intel, KT, NEC, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, Panasonic, Samsung, SK Telecom, Sprint, and Vodafone.
During the meeting, NTT DOCOMO and Orange confirmed plans to commercialize Tizen devices in the second half of 2013. Also, Samsung announced its intention to add to the Tizen ecosystem by launching Tizen devices in 2013 as well with a combination of global and local content in its launch markets.
Earlier in February, the Tizen Technical Steering Group released the Tizen 2.0 Magnolia software development kit (SDK) and source code to developers, operators, and OEMs. The tools are available at https://developer.tizen.org/downloads/tizen-sdk.
Later this year, the Tizen Store will launch with thousands of apps planned. According to the group, developers will be able to monetize their work and create a robust ecosystem. For example, Cut the Rope is designed to port existing HTML5 apps to Tizen, while Asphalt 7 supports high-performance graphics via Tizen application programming interfaces.
The Tizen Association has begun its outreach to app developers to build HTML5 apps, with more details available in May at the Tizen Developer conference, May 22-24 at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco.