Tizen 2.0 Alpha SDK and Source Code now Available

Tizen 2.0 Alpha SDK and Source Code now Available

By | September 30th, 2012
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Before Tizen 1.0 has even shipped on a single device, we already have Tizen

2.0 well in development, and getting closer to release.


														               
							 	 						

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Before Tizen 1.0 has even shipped on a single device, we already have Tizen 2.0 well in development, and getting closer to release.

Recently an alpha build of Tizen 2.0 was released, and it brings with a number of new features. Here are the features that Tizen 2.0 brings, according to the release post:

  • Enhanced Web framework that provides better HTML5/W3C API support and more Tizen Device APIs
    • Multi-process Webkit2-based Web Runtime which
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      provides better security and reliability for Web applications

    • Advanced HTML5 features such as video subtitles and captions, battery status API, screen orientation API, <keygen> and <details>, and more
    • New Tizen Device APIs for file transfer, notifications, and power control
  • Advanced IDE & SDK for Web application development
    • Install manager support for snapshot-based network installation
    • Enhanced support for OpenGL ES
  • New Platform SDK that helps platform development based on OBS

It is becoming clear that while Tizen was advertised as a platform for both native and web-based applications, support for native applications has all but been abandoned. This makes it difficult meaningfully differentiate it from Mozilla’s Firefox OS, and puts it in a much weaker position coma red to even WebOS, which supports native code.

At this point it seems to have inherited nothing from Moblin, MeeGo, Maemo, and bada, four Linux-based mobile operating systems that were essentially killed in order to get to Tizen. Samsung decided to merge its bada project with Tizen, but has yet to release a Tizen-based phone and has left its bada-based phone customers in the same Limbo as Nokia’s Maemo-based phone customers were when Nokia announced it would merge Maemo with Intel’s Moblin to make MeeGo. They did finally release a single MeeGo-based phone, the N9 though, before abandoning it. Samsung too might have a Samsung Galaxy S3-based phone running Tizen 2.0 planned for release next year.

Right now, despite development activity the future of Tizen seems uncertain. At this point the idea of an entirely web-based operating system just doesn’t seem novel any more. Palm did it with WebOS, and now Mozilla is doing it with Firefox OS. Both of those a relatively mature projects compared to Tizen and the developers of Tizen would probably be better off contributing to one of those.

Choice is always good, but Tizen is going to have a hard time ahead in showing if it actually does offer anything new.

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