Tizen 2.2.1 was announced yesterday in the lead up to today’s Tizen Developer Summit, and the message that was sent out in the keynote is that 2.2.1 is feature complete and capable of being deployed on smartphones. However, towards the end of the keynote we were given a look at what to expect with Tizen 3.0, and here are some of the major points:
The Tizen 3.0 release will update the Core OS and toolchain. It brings support for multiple users and the big talking point, specifically after Apple’s recent announcement, was 64-bit architecture. We were told that 64-bit support has been in the works for Tizen for a year now, and the devices will support IA and ARM chips. Performance improvements and support for more RAM are also the obvious benefits.
Next, the 3.0 release will bring a new 3D UI framework. This has more to do with developers, but for the end users it means that you can expect better looking and performing apps/UI.
Even more developer focussed functionality, including Crosswalk an HTML 5 application runtime called Crosswalk that’s based on Chromium / Blink. Also, don’t forget Tizen Mobile Lite.
Finally, when can you expect Tizen 3.0? Not soon. While the OS is being developed as an open source project, the final public release is only expected in Q3, 2014.
Since I’m hearing that the first Tizen devices will be hitting stores in Februrary 2014, it seems that Tizen 3.0 will be an update for those smartphones rather than a release on which they are based.