Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of Samsungs mobile business, told Bloomberg, that a smartphone powered by the open-source platform Tizen will be released as soon as this August. And it will not be just another phone, it will be “the best product equipped with the best specifications.” This could of course mean that Samsungs current “best product”, the new Samsung Galaxy S4, will get a Tizen based Twin. Continue reading
The Tizen Project has just released the SDK and source code for Tizen 2.0 Magnolia. The new Release shows a lot of progress: a new web framework with “state-of-the-art” HTML5 API support, a new Web UI framework with full-screen and multi-window support. NFC and Bluetooth are now supported as well, enabling short range communication with other gadgets and mobile payments. Continue reading
“We plan to release new, competitive Tizen devices within this year and will keep expanding the lineup depending on market conditions.” With this Statement, Samsung has made its strategic move away from a dependency on Android official. Analysts see this as a reaction to Googles acquisition of Motorola, which meant the search giant became a Competitor to its Android Partners, forcing them to think of Android alternatives. Continue reading
On Tuesday, the Tizen Project released the Tizen 2.0 Alpha SDK to developers in order to encourage testing and feedback.
The new features in Version 2.0 include an enhanced web framework that provides better HTML5/W3C API support and more Tizen Device APIs, a multi-process Webkit2-based Web Runtime, Advanced HTML5 features, new APIs for battery status, screen orientation, file transfer, notifications, and power control. The support for OpenGL ES has been enhanced as well. Continue reading
Samsung used the first Annual Tizen Developer Conference to show a first Prototype of a Tizen Phone to Developers. It is a reference design and will never hit the market in its current form, but it can be used to study the Operating System and test Tizen Apps in real life conditions. The Phone is powered by a 1.2 Ghz dual core A9 chip, comes with 1 GB of RAM and has a large HD-Super-AMOLED screen with 1280×720 Pixels. Featurewise it could be compared to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, but without the thin body, and with no signs of Google whatsoever. Continue reading
The Tizen Project, a coalition between Intel, Panasonic, Samsung and a number of mobilecarriers, has released the first non-beta release of Tizen. It consists of the TizenOS source code and a software development kit (SDK). Continue reading
In a recent article in Forbes Magazine, the Senior Vice President of Samsung’s Contents Planning Team, Tae-Jin Kang, is quoted saying that Tizen will probably find its way to at least one to two Samsung devices this year, but it would not become Samsung’s main operating platform anytime soon. According to Kang, Samsung also plans to merge its Linux-based Low-End-Phone Operating System “Bada” with Tizen. Continue reading
Tizen will be officially released around Summer 2012, but of course first developer versions are already available. Someone with access to a release of the Tizen SDK made some Screenshots of the User Interface. This is of course only a Snapshot of the current Development, but it gives an Idea of what the System will look like. Impressed?
We will monitor the market for the first Tizen based Phones and will report on them here.
First Tizen devices can be expected around mid-2012.