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An Early Look at Tizen

Today we are posting a set of pre-release tools to give application developers an early look at Tizen. These tools, together with their corresponding documentation and source code, will provide developers with information required to become familiar with Tizen development.

Please keep in mind that this is a very early preview and is not yet designed for use to create production applications. Further enhancements and improvements to Tizen and its development environment will continue as we work towards a formal release over the coming months.

Specifically, we are posting the following:

This preview is intended for developers to review and provide feedback on Tizen, through the following channels:

We look forward to working with everyone on future enhancements to Tizen.

Tizen Technical Steering Group

Welcome to Tizen!

Today we are happy to welcome you to Tizen, a new open source project that is the home of Tizen software platform, a mobile and device operating system based on Linux and other popular upstream projects. Tizen will support multiple device categories, such as smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, netbooks, and in-vehicle infotainment devices. The Linux Foundation will host the project, where Tizen development will be completely open and led by a technical steering team composed of Intel and Samsung.

Tizen application programming interfaces are based on HTML5 and other web standards, and we anticipate that the vast majority of Tizen application development will be based on these emerging standards. These APIs will cover various platform capabilities, such as messaging, multimedia, camera, network, and social media. For those who use native code in their applications, Tizen SDK will include a native development kit. We will open the entire Tizen software stack, from the core OS up through the core applications and polished user interfaces.

We expect the first release of Tizen and its SDK in the first quarter of 2012.

We will post additional details about this project in the coming weeks, including the code, developer documentation, and more. We look forward to working with all of you to make Tizen a success!