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A look at the Tizen UI from the Samsung Z

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.

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Tizen: State of The Union

Going into the Tizen Developer Conference there were a few major questions that people wanted answers to. The developers wanted to know details about the Tizen App Store, everyone wanted to know when we’d see the first Tizen devices, which would be the carriers supporting them, and what about the big games apps?

The keynote did manage to answer a few of those questions, albeit in not complete detail. Tizen devices are coming this year, but Jong-Deok Choi, EVP, Samsung won’t be more specific. In terms of operator support, Roy Sugimura from NTT DOCOMO has stated that they will be carrying the first Tizen device in the second half of this year. Frederic Dufal, Devices Technical Director for Orange has also announced that they are committed to launching a Tizen project this year (end of summer, Europe only).

Tizen: State of The Union (NTT DOCOMO Will Launch A Device in 2H '13)

  • The big change from Tizen 1.0 to the current 2.1 release is the ability to run native apps. Samsung has folded Bada into the platform, although this was not specifically mentioned in the keynote.

Tizen: State of The Union (NTT DOCOMO Will Launch A Device in 2H '13)

  • The Tizen Store has been announced, and is open for app developers to submit their apps. Users cannot access it yet.

Tizen: State of The Union (NTT DOCOMO Will Launch A Device in 2H '13)

  • Tizen 2 also has an inbuilt security layer, McAfee has contributed to this. 

Tizen: State of The Union (NTT DOCOMO Will Launch A Device in 2H '13)

  • A Tizen App Challenge has been announced. Submissions will be accepted June 1 onwards, and a total of 4$ Million is up for grabs. 

Tizen: State of The Union (NTT DOCOMO Will Launch A Device in 2H '13)

  • Also big news for gaming enthusiasts, some of the top gaming engines like Unity, Havok, Game Salad are coming to Tizen. 

Tizen: State of The Union (NTT DOCOMO Will Launch A Device in 2H '13)

  • NTT DOCOMO will make a Tizen device available in the second half of the year.

Tizen: State of The Union (NTT DOCOMO Will Launch A Device in 2H '13)

  • So will Orange. They like Tizen because of its open nature, and HTML5 focus. The launch will be a part of the ‘back to school’ campaign that will start at the end of summer. Europe only for now.

Tizen: State of The Union (NTT DOCOMO Will Launch A Device in 2H '13)

  • We also got a look at the in vehicle application of Tizen, Jaguar | Land Rover wants to push the boundaries of what people expect from a in-car Linux based system. A competition to generate ideas, UI elements and functionality is also under way. 

Tizen: State of The Union (NTT DOCOMO Will Launch A Device in 2H '13)

  • Finally, the next major release of Tizen will be the big 3.0. Expect this release in 2014 devices. The roadmap for the release isn’t complete yet, and the development will be done openly on Tizen.org. They encourage platform developers and other open source developers to contribute. 

Tizen: State of The Union (NTT DOCOMO Will Launch A Device in 2H '13)

  •  There is a tremendous amount of push to bring big name developers to Tizen. Facebook, Angry Birds were named in the keynote. 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.

Tizen Conference Schedule Announced

Tizen is poised to be Samsung Mobile’s next big bet, as it looks to reduce its dependence on Android as its primary cash cow. The operating system was born from the ashes of MeeGo, Intel and Nokia’s open source alliance, but doesn’t share much with the now doomed platform. Intel remains the common link, and along with Samsung and other partners, the brand new HTML5 centric OS has been in development for over 18 months now.

Tizen Conference Schedule Announced

While it started out as an out and out HTML5 platform, with apps and the UI being done in HTML5, with Tizen 2.0, it’s added brand new native application layer as well. Further, Samsung has also announced that it will be folding Bada into Tizen, and that Tizen devices will be able to run Bada apps. More than one Tizen device is expected from Samsung this year, and the upcoming Tizen Developer Conference should reveal a lot more.

The first schedule of the sessions that can be expected at the Conference has been announced, and it includes three tracks:

1. Application development and deployment
2. Platform and device development
3. Tizen project, process, and progress – A look at the Tizen architecture, Tizen Store, In-Vehicle infotainment.

The official Tizen blog has a break-up of all the sessions inside these tracks. If you’re interested in Tizen, there’s still time to register for the Conference.

Tizen 2.0 Magnolia SDK and Source Code Released, Conference To Follow

We’ve already heard from Samsung that Tizen powered devices are coming in 2013, and from the look of things it seems the OS development is on track. The Tizen 2.0 Magnolia SDK and source code has just been released and is available for download from the Tizen.org website. According to the technical steering group, Tizen 2.0 represents a major milestone for software developers and device vendors and includes many new features and improvements over Tizen 1.0 released in April, and Tizen 2.0 alpha in September, 2012.

Tizen Magnolia

Tizen is primarily an HTML5 centered operating that is based by Samsung and Intel. The Tizen 2.0 Magnolia release brings strong HTML5/W3C APIs and a new native framework.

Highlights include:

  • Enhanced Web framework that provides state-of-the-art HTML5/W3C API support
  • Web UI framework, including full-screen and multi-window support
  • Additional Tizen device APIs, such as Bluetooth and NFC support, and access to the device’s calendar, call history, and messaging subsystems.
  • Web Runtime framework supporting new configuration elements for specifying the required features and privileges, and providing the basic runtime environment for NPRuntime plugins
  • Native framework supporting full-featured application development and providing a variety of features such as background applications, IP Push, and TTS (Text-To-Speech)
  • Core and native reference applications including Calendar, Contacts, Gallery, Phone, Settings, and Video Player
  • Enhanced Web IDE providing WYSIWYG design environment, Chrome-based JavaScript inspector, and JavaScript log viewer
  • Native IDE providing a project wizard, WYSIWYG design environment, unit test tool, and dynamic analyzer.

I last got a look at Tizen running on a reference device last May, and it looked a lot like Samsung’s Android skin Touch Wiz. The OS was completely barebones at that time, and some basic APIs and stock apps like Camera were also amiss. With the 2.0 release, it seems that all that has been fixed and the OS is nearing a level of maturity that befits a commercial launch. The release notes suggest support for background multitasking, NFC and push notifications among other things. An all new native framework has also been introduced (faster/smoother apps), and we’ll probably hear more about it soon.

The Tizen Developer Conference 2013 is scheduled for the 22-24th May in San Francisco and will cover a variety of Tizen-related topics, including presentations on both application and platform development. The call for papers and the registration for this conference is now open, if you’re serious about Tizen, the early bird registration is 50$.

The First Tizen Developer Conference Takes Place In San Francisco: May 7-9

The world hasn’t heard much about Tizen since September, when it was first announced. To refresh your memory, Tizen is the brand new HTML5 centered OS that is backed by Intel and Samsung, a partnership which was forged after Nokia and Intel’s ambitious MeeGo project was stopped in its tracks in February 2011.

When the announcement was first made, an initial release was supposed to come out in Q1 2012, with retail Tizen devices only later in the year. While that hasn’t happened yet, there are promising signs. A visit to HTML5test.com shows that Tizen 1 is well into internal testing and its HTML5 test results are off the charts. It scored a very impressive 408 points, with 15 bonus points. That’s better than Chrome for Mac that manages 400 points with 13 bonus points. A few weeks ago, Tizen was at about 363 points with 15 bonus points. So the development seems to be progressing nicely and the upcoming Tizen Developer Conference scheduled for May 7-9 in San Francisco should be a perfect venue to show it off.

The first annual Tizen Conference engages and educates developers on Tizen technology and HTML5 app development for Tizen devices. This conference is for Tizen developers, app developers, platform designers, operators, OEMs, hardware vendors, software vendors, open source enthusiasts, and anyone engaged in Tizen. The Tizen conference will be hosted at the downtown Hyatt in San Francisco, CA on May 7-9th, 2012.

The Linux Foundation isn’t giving away much about what will be shown off, if anything. The agenda has now been posted, and all we can tell is that the keynote sessions are scheduled for 9 am onwards on May 8th. No info yet on who will be present and if Samsung will finally show off their Tizen device. An important thing to note is that a lot of the sessions mentioned in the agenda will be hosted by Intel and Samsung employees, so the companies will definitely be there in full force.
There has been talk of Samsung merging its Bada OS with Tizen, but there has been a bit of back and forth on that as well. The upcoming Tizen Conference should serve as a good opportunity for all involved to clear the air about all these questions, and finally get to what its about – great software on shiny hardware.
Registrations are now open, and free.