James Cushing | May 02 2012 05:00 PM
, the open source mobile OS backed by Samsung, Intel, Panasonic, Huawei, and the Linux Foundation, has been in development for some time. We first reported it back in January, when it was publicly announced
, and only a few months later we're looking at the first annual developers conference
. Now, the software has reached an all-important milestone: the dreaded 1.0. The first release of Tizen has been dubbed Larkspur
, which is a reference to either Larkspur, California, Colorado, a radio system used by the British from the 40's through the 70's, two varieties of flower, or a horse that won the 1962 Epsom Derby. Take your pick.
Expect to see frequent updates to the SDK and source code over the next few months, as Tizen devs hammer out all the kinks in the initial version. If you've already been involved in the Tizen project, there's been a few updates to the SDK, including:
- Simulator: A new browser-based tool that supports the Tizen APIs and allows you to run and debug your web applications, and simulate running applications with various device profiles.
- IDE: Enhancements include more flexibility around templates and debugging tools.
- Emulator: Significantly improved emulator performance through Intel's Hardware Acceleration Manager for Windows and OpenGL acceleration for Linux.
The following updates have been made to the source code:
- 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
If you haven't yet jumped on Tizen to give it a try, you can download the SDK here
, and source code here