When we thing of smartphone there are four OS that come to our mind: iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry. Samsung Electronics is in a quiet push to make its Tizen operating system a part of the technology lexicon as familiar as Google’s Android or Apple’s iOS. Its ambition doesn’t stop there. Samsung sees the software in your car, fridge and television too.
Tizen is an open source operating system based on the Linux kernel and WebKit runtime. Considered an extremely flexible environment for application development in HTML5, Tizen’s touted to provide apps cross-platform accessibility. In plain English, that means the Tizen development framework allows developers to write once and use anywhere.
Tizen runs by Tizen Association includes a collection of 10 industry partners as its board members, many of them industry heavyweights: Fujitsu, Huawei, Intel, KT Corp, LG, NTT Docomo, Orange, Samsung, SK Telecom and Vodafone. Samsung promised to give out $4 million cash to the creators of the best Tizen apps.
Tizen – Android killer:
Android Alternative : Samsung smartphones come with a heavily skinned version of Android known as TouchWiz, which puts Samsung’s own spin on the Android interface and includes its own Samsung Apps store. Samsung desire to have an OS with more creative control, seeking to wean itself off Google. In a recent interview, Samsung’s own JK Shin told CNET that Tizen is more than just a side project, but also a “simple alternative for Android”.
App Developing Challenge : Samsung and Intel are pushing for developer support for their Tizen platform, especially when the companies are willing to put $4 million toward app creation. As part of the app development challenge. The developer behind the best game will be awarded $200,000, while the best non-gaming app will receive $120,000. The top 10 HTML 5-based applications will receive $50,000 each, and the total $4.04 million allotment will be spread across nine categories and 50 developers.
Multi-Window View, Floating Browsers : Tizen is likely to come with a multi-window feature similar to the Q Slide feature found on newer LG devices. Essentially, Tizen apps would be able to exist in either “full window” form or a “mini window” mode that would create a “floating browser” effect.
Not Just For Smartphones : Tizen’s website notes that the software will eventually be designed for tablets and netbooks as well as smartphones, but it’s also slated to come to Smart TVs, car & fridge.
Tizen operating system is already running : The company did announce at the Tizen Developer Summit in Seoul that Tizen is already running in one of its cameras, the NX300M. Available only in the South Korean market, the 20.3-megapixel NX300M is a version of the NX300 that features a 180-degree tilting display.
Tizen Lite & standard : Tizen’s “Lite” version will target devices with as low as 256MB RAM, as compared to Android 4.4 Kitkat’s 512MB RAM. Lite, as the name suggests, is the lighter version of Tizen, and is said to support a maximum of display of 320 x 480 resolution and will require a low 512MB ROM space to run. The standard version of Tizen requires a minimum of 512MB RAM and 1GB ROM space. It can support devices with up to 1280 x 720 resolution display.
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