The story of Tizen has been filled with ups and downs. Just when you think that the OS ready for prime time, there is something or the other that prevents that. At first the Samsung and Google’s broad ranging patent agreement threatened to put a shadow over it, but at the last Tizen Developer Conference in June, Samsung took the wraps off the brand new Samsung Z. Since then it has also announced other Tizen products such as the Gear S smartwatch and NX 1 camera. It is another matter that Samsung decided not to release the smartphone, as the ecosystem to support it wasn’t ready yet. One advantage that Tizen does enjoy is that while Samsung’s smartphone efforts may be on the proverbial backfoot, it is also an OS for TV’s, cameras, smart homes and more.
With that backdrop, we step into the Tizen Developer Summit, Shanghai. The Tizen Association just announced that 16 new companies have signed up, taking the total number of members to over a hundred. More highlights below.
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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.
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When Tizen was first announced, and through the months of development Tizen has always been projected as an operating system for high end devices. But that is changing, and with Tizen 3.0, Tizen will introduce support for low-end smartphones as well. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as its easier to convince people to buy a cheap phone on a brand new platform than it is to convince them to spend 600$+ on a OS that’s still in its infancy.
Tizen Mobile Lite will need just 256 MB RAM, a 512 MB ROM, and support HVGA and QVGA screen resolutions. Tizen’s minimum needs otherwise include 512 MB of RAM, 1 GB of ROM and it supports HD and WVGA screens.
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