Hello Linux Geeksters. As a reminder, Tizen is an Android compatible, Linux based system, developed by Samsung in collaboration with Intel and sponsored by the Linux Foundation. Despite the fact that Samsung is involved, the first tablet running on Tizen has been created by a japanese manufacturer and aims to provide both documentation and a testing environment for developers and Tizen enthusiasts. While Samsung Redwood Z9005 (the first Tizen based smartphone developed by Samsung) has been announced, a Tizen Running Samsung Galaxy S4 may be released in 2014.
Now, Samsung has decided to make a presentation of Tizen 3.0 at the Tizen Developer Summit in Seoul, tomorrow on the 11th of November, 2014. Most likely, Tizen 3.0 will reach a stable version only in 2014, when it may be used as the default OS for on Samsung smartphones and other devices, such as SmartTVs.
Backed up by Intel, Samsung may transform Tizen into a reliable Linux based mobile OS independent from Android, in order to be able to create their own app store, media store that could generate revenue to them.
Since Tizen is Android compatible, it can use many Android apps at the beginning, until applications with native Tizen support will be created. For now, the following apps have been created for Tizen or have been ported to work on it:
- Travel Translator – a bidirectional translator capable of translating spoken and written texts, with support for 37 languages
- Nokia’s HERE Maps mapping service and MeeCast, a nice weather app
- Twheel – Twitter client
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