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Tizen: Linux Based OS with HTML5 Application Programming Interfaces

September 30th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Tizen Mobile Linux Distribution with HTML5 APIsEarlier this week, the Linux Foundation announced yet another new Linux-based open source operating system for mobile and consumer devices based on Web standards called Tizen.

This project is backed by Intel and Samsung who have already been involved with Linux based operating systems before, respectively with MeeGo and Bada. Both companies will be part of the technical steering team. It looks like Tizen will replace Meego overtime. Meego developers blasted the move and posted  angry comments especially in relation to Qt support and the fact that all the previous work put into the project has probably gone to waste. My take is that using HTML5 is probably not such a bad ideas as many applications are currently developed in HTML5/Javascript for Chrome Webstore for example, and it could make porting those to Tizen straightforward.

Tizen will support multiple device categories including:

  • Smartphones
  • Tablets
  • Smart TVs
  • Netbooks
  • In-vehicle infotainment devices

The most intriguing and interesting part of this operating system is its APIs which are based on HTML5 and other web standards. These APIs will cover various platform capabilities, such as messaging, multimedia, camera, network, and social media. You’ll still be able to write application in C/C++ language as the Tizen SDK will include a native development kit. The entire Tizen software stack, from the core OS up through the core applications and user interfaces will be open and free to download.

The first release of Tizen and its SDK should be available in the first quarter of 2012.

The Tizen Website is still under construction and very little information is available right now. However, Tizen says it will provide an environment for application developers based on HTML5 and Wholesale Applications Community (WAC).  The Tizen platform will support Web applications (HTML, Javascript, CSS) and provides a rich set of services that include the Application Framework, along with Content, Location, Messaging, Multimedia, Network, Social, and System services.

You can subscribe to their Blog RSS Feed to be informed when more details such as  resources, guidelines, tools, tutorials and developer tools will be published.

 

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