A very cool demo of Active Share in a connected home powered by Tizen. You can starting watching a movie on the TV, that is stored on your phone and seamlessly transition to watching it on the refrigerator, and back to the TV when you’re done with the kitchen. You can also playback media stored on the phone wirelessly to the fridge or the TV.
The refrigerator that you see is a prototype based Tizen and Tizen powered TVs are expected to become commercially available in 2015.
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.
Continue reading Highlights: Tizen Developer Summit Shanghai 2014
I go hands-on with the just announced Samsung Z, the first Tizen based smartphone.
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.
Continue reading A look at the Tizen UI from the Samsung Z