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Intel replaces its MeeGo mobile OS with the HTML5-based Tizen

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The Linux foundation just announced the “Tizen” project, whose (open) development will be lead by Intel and Samsung. It will give Intel a replacement for its MeeGo platform which has not made enough progress.

Quotes from the Tizen web site:

  • What Tizen is: “a mobile and device operating system based on Linux and other popular upstream projects.”
  • Who develops it: “The Linux Foundation will host the project, where Tizen development will be completely open and led by a technical steering team composed of Intel and Samsung.”
  • What it runs on: “Tizen will support multiple device categories, such as smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, netbooks, and in-vehicle infotainment devices.”
  • HTML5-based APIs: “The Tizen application programming interfaces are based on HTML5 and other web standards, and we anticipate that the vast majority of Tizen application development will be based on these emerging standards. These APIs will cover various platform capabilities, such as messaging, multimedia, camera, network, and social media.”
  • Availability: “We expect the first release of Tizen and its SDK in the first quarter of 2012.”
More details are to be published in the coming weeks. Interesting points:
  • Samsung is participating. Samsung’s current mobile OS options are Android and Windows Phone. The former became less appealing by Google acquiring Motorola, the latter became less appealing by Microsoft closely collaborating with Nokia. Hence it made sense for Samsung to hedge its bets. It would make sense for Samsung to license or buy (if HP is ever selling) webOS, but Tizen seems very close to webOS, technically and in spirit.
  • Just as Google declares JavaScript as not being viable in the long term [1], both Microsoft (with Windows 8) and Intel (with Tizen) bet heavily on it.
  • It’s great to see yet another project (after webOS [3], Chrome OS [4], Windows 8) driving innovation of the HTML5 platform. This has the potential to ensure that it won’t grow stale and allow standardization to be based on APIs that have been used in the real world.
Related posts:
  1. Google Dart to “ultimately ... replace JavaScript”
  2. A Windows 8 keynote review by a JavaScript programmer and Apple user
  3. A preview of webOS 3 and where it’s better than the iPad
  4. A few thoughts on Chromebooks and Chrome OS