It's still early days for the open source mobile OS known as Tizen, but Ahmet Yildirim may be among the first developers who can say he's created an app for it that earned him something worth hundreds of dollars.
Yildirim recently became the grand prize winner of an Intel Core i7 desktop as part of a contest sponsored by the chipmaker for writing about his experience porting his HTML5 game, LunarCannon, from Nokia's now-abandoned MeeGo platform to Tizen. Yildirim, who is a freelance developer working in Istanbul, Turkey, said the process took only a matter of minutes and he sees great potential in the OS, which could power apps on everything from phones to tablets and even TVs.
"There is a huge demand towards HTML5 mobile application development, which offers easy cross-platform implementation," he said. "When you have only one user interface that is popular enough to become standard, it brings all the development power in one particular area rather than having each developer eco-system investing in their own user interface libraries (and) trying to make them faster and better."
Support around Tizen crystalizes:
It may time some time and considerable effort, however, for Tizen to become that kind of standard. The platform, which is being pushed along by a wide array of handset manufacturers and carriers, announced the Tizen 2.0 source code and SDK, code-named Magnolia, in late February, but it was still in alpha as of last September. The native framework in the Magnolia release includes full-screen and multi-window support, device APIs for Bluetooth and NFC support and a variety of other features.
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