Backed by the Linux Foundation, a raft of mobile carriers, and a coalition between Intel, Panasonic, and Samsung (now that Meego has been retired from active duty), the version 1.0 release of Tizen fulfills its role as an open source, standards-based software platform for multiple device categories including smartphones, tablets, netbooks, in-vehicle infotainment devices, smart TVs, and more.
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Tizen 1.0 Larkspur contains new components, as well as source code that focuses on enhancing stability and performance. A new browser-based simulator tool supports the Tizen APIs to allow programmers to run and debug web applications — it also provides a route to simulate running applications with various device profiles.
The new IDE features enhancements aligned towards flexibility around templates and debugging tools. A new emulator is also said to "significantly improve" emulator performance through Intel's Hardware Acceleration Manager for Windows and OpenGL acceleration for Linux.
"We believe that these updates and new offerings improve the experience for developers. We are also continuing to work on improvements and additions, and we will be doing frequent updates to the SDK and source code. There are a few additional components that we plan to add in the coming weeks, and we will continue to fix bugs and add additional features," said the Tizen development team on its blog.
Updates to the platform source code include:
- Web: Support for additional features of W3C/HTML5 specification
- Location: Support for POI (Point of Interest) and route search
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi Direct key features added
Tizen's development body The Tizen Technical Steering Group also says that it has made a number of improvements to the community infrastructure and added a bug tracker and wiki for the community. There are also a number of back-end changes, designed to improve stability and scalability of the infrastructure.
An actual Tizen phone has not been shipped at the time of writing.