BARCELONA, Spain--The Tizen Association industry consortium announced the beta release of its Tizen platform source code and SDK here at Mobile World Congress, also trumpeting the addition of manufacturer Huawei Device to its board of directors.
First announced in late 2011 by the Linux Foundation and LiMo Foundation, the Linux-based Tizen cross-architecture device software effort gained traction and attention when Intel halted development of its MeeGo open-source mobile platform to throw its support behind the platform. Targeting multiple device categories including smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, netbooks and in-vehicle infotainment systems, Tizen combines open-source technologies with a standards-based HTML5 and Wholesale Applications Community web development environment, enabling the creation of device-independent, cross-platform mobile applications.
According to the Tizen Association, the beta release features an updated UI framework and web APIs for easier development of rich web applications; the SDK also features support for Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows and Ubuntu, giving developers greater choice over project management. Developers can download the Tizen beta SDK here; the Tizen Association encourages devs to begin working with the new features and functionality of the beta source code and SDK and provide feedback to help improve the platform during the final stages of its development.
Beyond the addition of Huawei, the Tizen Association board of directors also includes Intel, NEC, Casio, NTT DoCoMo, Orange, Panasonic Mobile Communications, Samsung Electronics, SK Telecom, Telefónica and Vodafone.
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