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Samsung Unveils Tizen 4.0 with .NET Framework, Low End IoT Devices Support

We’ve already seen the announcement of Samsung ARTIK 053 WiFi module with Tizen RT this morning, but it appears that Tizen RT (Real Time) is part of a Tizen 4.0 that will add support to IoT devices, as well as introduce changes from the developers’ perspective.

Samsung Electronics talked a bit more about Tizen Next (Tizen 4.0) at the Tizen Developer Conference (TDC) 2017 taking in place on May 16-17 in San Francisco. Few details are provided in the press released, but we could learn that “the Tizen 4.0 platform has been extended to Tizen RT (Real-Time) to involve high-end products such as TVs and mobile devices as well as low-end products such as thermostats, scales, bulbs, and more”. Tizen RT page explains that the real-time operating system is designed to run on Cortex M/R MCU with less than 2 MB RAM, less than 16 MB flash, and consists of a lightweight RTOS called TinyAra (based on NuttX), IoT protocols (IoTivity and LWM2M), and JerryScript/IoT.js.

Tizen 4.0 will also make it easy for developers used to Microsoft Visual studio and C# language, since the Microsoft .NET framework and Xamarin UI framework has been introduced into Tizen. The video animation below explains some of the benefits of Tizen 4.0 for developers and manufacturers.

Samsung also demonstrated the latest Samsung Z4 smartphone (still based on Tizen 3.0), and launched the Tizen Mobile Incentive Program for global application developers to offer a one million dollar prize every month when the app is sold and placed in the Top 100 on the Tizen Store from February to October 2017.

According to Tizen Roadmap, Tizen 4.0 M1 (Milestone 1) will be released next month with support for .NET framework 2.0 and Xamarin 2.5 with x86 emulation, but you’ll need to wait for Tizen M2 release in October to get support for ARM32 native .NET support, and other features getting out of preview such as the package manager, CLI, and the profiler. However, there have been three preview releases before that, you can play with Tizen .NET developer preview 3.

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