This years Mobile World Congress saw a new Tizen Booth, located at Booth #8.1 H65 if your in the vicinity, showing off our beloved Tizen Operating System (OS). We have tables full of Tizen devices and also what appears to be a mini house assembled to one side, a very cool addition indeed, but we will talk more about that later.
Tables are laid out with different Tizen devices. The Samsung Z1, the first Tizen based smartphone currently released in India and Bangladesh, was available for visitors to try, with most wanting to learn the basics of what Tizen is and what this device had to offer. The Z1 has sold over 200,000 units from updated figures, and we still hope for more countries to offer Tizen based Smartphones in the coming months.
We have a table with the Samsung NX300M, the first Tizen based Smartcamera that was announced, and the current Tizen flagship the Pro / Semi-Pro Samsung NX1, and also the Gear 2 Smartwatch.
Wearable devices and ecosystem are strategically important for Samsung and Tizen, so there is a table dedicated to the Gear S. Unfortunately we did not have a new Samsung Tizen Smartwatch announced as was hoped, but the Gear S is still a very capable device to spearhead the wearable Tizen charge.
Samsung are building on the ecosystem with important apps being added daily. The aim of this app ecosystem is not to try playing the numbers game, but more making sure their are useful and functional apps that populate the Tizen store.
Tizen Association Partners
The Tizen Association has invited some of its partners to showcase their apps / services.
AppbackR – Demoing their IoT App Index platform, which analyses apps and provides you with Information on the apps behaviour, performance and security
Fleksy – Demoing the much awaited Fleksy keyboard running on the Samsung Gear S
HERE – HERE Maps navigation app on the Gear S with some new features that are not available on the currently released Gear S app
Intel – Showing off Open Interconnect Consortium (IOC) and IoTivity implementation using a MinnowBoard MAX
Marmalade – Marmalade will be releasing a newer version of their SDK that will be compatible with Tizen 2.3 and enable developers to target Tizen devices like the Samsung Z1
Vicomtech – Demoing Driver Drowsiness Detection and Advanced Driver Assistance System on Tizen IVI
Zenrin – 3D navigation system running on Tizen IVI NexCom 1010, boasting quite impressive rendering speeds. The User Interface currently uses OpenGL, but will swap to WebGL as it is now supported, and with this move they can potentially release a Smartphone Z1 version if their is enough market demand for this to happen.
More posts coming soon, but here are some pictures from the event to keep you going.
Keep following the hashtag #TizenMWC15 for more Tizen MWC posts.