Tizen has come a long way since the last Developer Conference. In 2013 we just had the NX 300 camera in terms of real world devices running Tizen. Today we have a TV, a camera, the Gear smart watches and the just announced Samsung Z smartphone. With the exception of the TV, a demo of which you can find here, all other products are or will be in stores very soon. There is also an in-vehicle infotainment demo that is being showcased in a Land Rouver and a Chevy Corvette.
Tizen had its roots in an HTML5 based operating system, but since then has expanded to include native code. Which means that high intensity graphics are completely at home and the UI itself feels smooth and the frame rates remain high. The OS has had a tumulus journey, with people wondering if it was going to survive the Samsung-Google cross patent deal. But it does seem like Samsung is completely behind the project and is still looking to leverage its bets.
The major theme of the Tizen keynote was, Tizen – the OS of everything.
At the Tizen Developer Conference, Samsung is showing off a prototype Tizen TV. Despite being in active development, the OS is fast and fluid.
It supports a full web browser, support for an pointer and a keyboard, apps, and everything else that you expect from a modern Smart TV.
At the Tizen Developer Conference Samsung’s Executive Vice President, J-D Choi just showed off the first Tizen smartphone, the Samsung Z. Accompanying the presentation was this demo that Samsung has put together for the Z.
For a more in-depth look at the UI, click here.
Samsung just made the Z official a few hours ago, and here at the Tizen Developer Conference I got a chance to play with the brand new UI that will ship with the first Tizen smartphone.
The UI is different from the reference Tizen UI that you might have seen before, and is also a departure from Samsung’s usual Touch Wiz interface. You have multiple homescreens, a pull down notification area, you can swipe up to get to all the other apps that don’t find a place on your homescreen, quick toggles in the notification center and so on.
At the heels of the Tizen Developer Conference that kicks off today in San Francisco, Samsung’s first Tizen smartphone simply called the Z, has just been made official.
The phone itself while not packing top of the line specifications, is no slouch by any means. It comes with a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display (1280×720p), packs a quad-core 2.3GHz processor and will run Tizen version 2.2.1. Just like the Galaxy S5, it also supports a heart rate monitor, a fingerprint sensor and comes with functionality such as an ultra power saving mode and download booster that also first made an appearance of the Galaxy flagship. It is powered by a 2600 mAh battery, has a 8 MP camera with a 2.1 MP front facing shooter, 16 GB of internal storage and support for microSD cards. Connectivity options include support for LTE Cat. 4, NFC and an IR sensor. It will come in Black and Gold, with a faux leather finish that we have seen before from Samsung.
We’ve just had confirmation from the official Linux blog that the Tizen based Gear 2 smartwatch will be given to all attendees at the Tizen Developer Conference 2014. While we’ve seen Tizen come to consumer electronics in a camera before, the Gear 2 is Tizen’s first entry into the smartwatch segment.
We’re also counting down to the first (or two) Tizen smartphones, and the Tizen Dev. Conference that’s taking place in San Francisco from June 2-4, 2014 should shed even more light on how the OS is progressing. The schedule is already out, and the Conference is divided into a number of tracks such as wearables, ecosystem, TV, Application development and so on.
Registration costs $99, but you can get 50% off using the LFCOMTDC14 code. If that wasn’t already enough, a free Gear 2 smartwatch should be motivation enough. Oh, and there’s a free Intel NUC too.