Tizen is an operating system for multiple device categories including smartphones, tablets, in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) devices, smart TVs, and more. Tizen offers a consistent user experience that consumers can take from device to device. Tizen is open source and standards-based software. Its main components are the Linux kernel, the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL) and the WebKit runtime.The Tizen project resides within the Linux Foundation and is governed by a Technical Steering Group (TSG). The TSG (Intel and Samsung) is the primary decision-making body, with a focus on platform development and delivery, along with the formation of working groups to support device verticals.The Tizen Association has been formed to guide the industry role of Tizen, including gathering of requirements, identification and facilitation of service models, and overall industry marketing and education.Tizen provides a flexible environment for application developers, based on jQuery and jQuery Mobile. The software development kit (SDK) allows developers to use HTML5 and related web technologies to write applications that run across multiple device segment
Samsung Electronics has confirmed that the company this year will come up with handsets running Tizen OS backed by Intel. According to Bloomberg, Samsung, in an emailed statement said, "We plan to release new, competitive Tizen devices within this year and will keep expanding the lineup depending on market conditions." However, the company has not said anything about the models, specifications, prices and timeframe.It seems that Samsung is in a mood to cut down its reliance on Google's ANdroid OS after Google acquired handset maker Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. for $12.5 billion last year. Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper also reported that Samsung will launch a Tizen-based smartphone through wireless carrier NTT Docomo later this year.The open-source Tizen platform supports multiple devices including smartphones, tablets, Internet-enabled TVs, netbooks and in-vehicle infotainment systems.Intel, Samsung, NTT DoCoMo Inc. and Vodafone Group Plc formed the Tizen Association last year to support the open-source software. Samsung Electronics Co in January last year announced its plans to merge its 'bada' mobile software with a platform backed by chipmaker Intel Corp to diversify away from Google's Android.In 2011, two Linux software groups, one backed by Samsung, and another by Intel, agreed to jointly develop Tizen, a new operating system for cellphones and other devices, by merging their LiMo and Meego platforms in a bid to gain wider industry and consumer support..
Tizen is an open source, standards-based software platform for multiple device categories, including smartphones, tablets, TVs, netbook.Samsung plans to launch Tizen OS smartphones in 2013.Tizen is intresting for Intel, Samsung, NTT DoCoMo Inc. and Vodafone.