The Tizen Developer Conference (#TDCSF14), the world’s largest event focused exclusively on the growing developer ecosystem around the Tizen open source operating system for converged devices, today marked the closing of the third-annual TDC event in San Francisco. The event saw a record number of developers and media attendees witness the official unveiling of the world’s first Tizen smartphone, the Samsung Z, set to launch in Q3 of 2014 in Russia. A number of other new device prototypes, software, device profiles and developer tools were also on display at the event.
- Keynote from the Tizen Technical Steering Group unveiling the Samsung Z smartphone—Imad Sousou of Intel and JD Choi of Samsung, co-chairs of the Tizen Technical Steering Group, kicked off the conference with the unveiling of the Samsung Z smartphone, which was demonstrated for the first time ever during the keynote and shortly thereafter in the TDC 2014 Tech Showcase.
- Tizen In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) 3.0—Tizen IVI 3.0 was displayed in a pair of automotive demonstrations featuring a Chevrolet Corvette and a Land Rover SUV. Leading up to TDC, Intel Corporation announced its Intel® In-Vehicle Solutions module, which is optimized to run Tizen IVI and is being used in development with several additional automotive manufactures.
- Tizen Smart Television Software Development Kit and Prototypes—Just prior to TDC 2014, Samsung announced the release of the Tizen SDK for Samsung smart televisions that allows developers to extend their native Tizen apps and HTML5 web apps to the television and Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem. Samsung showcased Tizen TV prototypes at the event, including 65-inch curved screen and flat-screen models running the Tizen operating system.
- Connected Home and Fitness Demonstrations—Other Samsung demonstrations at the event included WiFi and Bluetooth connected devices managed by the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear Neo, including interactive control and management of connected lighting, vacuums, air conditioning units and entertainment systems.
- Tizen Partner Program Growth and Development—Tizen’s Partner Program continues to grow, with the announcement of 37 new partners leading up to the show. A number of Tizen partners had news announcements around the conference, including appbackr, Atooma and FocusMotion.
“Open source is the engine that drives innovation in the technology industry and has become a ubiquitous agent of change across many markets,” said Brian Warner, Tizen project manager at Linux Foundation. “The Tizen project is helping continue this trend by driving innovation into new markets, like automotive, home electronics, appliances and wearables, bringing a common software and development layer to the broader IoT ecosystem. The Tizen platform promises to make it easy to connect the converged device ecosystem for end users, while empowering developers to extend their innovative applications across a number of new connected device categories.”
TDC 2014 delivered a number of major announcements across the Tizen open source platform, creating momentum that the growing ecosystem will look to continue at the newly announced Tizen Developer Summit, slated for Shanghai, China.
About Tizen Developer Conference
The Tizen Developer Conference is an annual event hosted and produced by the Tizen Technical Steering Group. The conference brings together thousands of developers from around the world to learn about the latest commercial devices, device profiles, platform updates and ecosystem milestones. The 2014 event will took place in early June with the next annual event being planned for the first half of 2015. Interested developers, media and other Tizen stakeholders can check www.tizen.org to see when the event will next take place.
Tizen is an open source project managed by the Linux Foundation. The goal of the project is to build and support a cross-architecture, open source software platform that spans across multiple mobile and “Internet of Things” device segments, including smartphone, tablet, Smart TV, wearables, appliances, netbook and in-vehicle infotainment systems. For more information on the Tizen Project, please visit www.tizen.org.