I have just received word from the Linux Foundation that Intel and Samsung will be announcing the ‘Tizen App Challenge‘, in which more than $4 million is up for grabs for developers. This announcement comes days after the rumour that Tizen was being abandoned. This $4 million in prize money should go a long way in assuring developers that the companies are still very much behind the platform.
While Samsung was tight lipped about when it plans to release a Tizen based device, Orange has stated that a device is coming at the end of summer. Similarly NTT DOCOMO has also stated that they will be carrying a Tizen phone in the second half of the year.
At the Tizen Conference we got a glimpse of some of the big name apps that were coming to the platform. Facebook, Angry Birds were named in the keynote, and I saw demoes of Gameloft’s Asphalt 7 and Real Golf running on a Tizen reference device, along with games based on the Unity engine, games from Sega, and Opera Mini.
Highlights from the press release are as follows:
A total of $4.04 million will be awarded to more than 50 developers in nine categories, providing an incredible opportunity to tap a new mobile ecosystem while reaping unprecedented reward.
The Tizen App Challenge is open today with all submissions due by November 1, 2013. Judging will take place November 4 – November 25, 2013, and winners will be announced in December. An award ceremony recognizing the grand prize winners will be held in 2014.
Grand prizes for the Games categories are $200,000, and grand prizes for the Non-Games categories are $120,000. Games will be judged based upon scores in four criteria: entertainment value, visual design, performance, and controls and input. Non-games will be judged based upon scores in four criteria: usefulness, visual design, performance, and controls and input. The top 10 HTML5 apps will be eligible for an additional prize of $50,000 each.
“As a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project, Tizen and the growing community can focus on building apps and the ecosystem that supports the platform,” said Mike Woster, chief operating officer and vice president at The Linux Foundation “The Tizen App Challenge will help surface the very best apps for Tizen users and will give developers an opportunity to get in early on developing for this important platform.”
So there you go, that’s Intel and Samsung saying that the rumours about the death of Tizen have been greatly exaggerated.