How is Tizen going?

Many people don’t even know what Tizen is. Its Samsung’s answer to Google’s Android OS. Tizen has a lot in common with Android, except that it doesn’t use a Java virtual machine, it runs straight on the Linux kernel.

Recently, Samsung released the third mobile handset in the Tizen line, the Galaxy Z2. Now moving into African markets, Tizen devices have already sold millions in south asia, especially India and Bangladesh.

To Use, Tizen looks a lot like Android with Samsungs Touchwiz. I think it’s a little TOO similar to Android. But that’s the marketing strategy for Tizen. Online, Tizen based devices continue to hold their value well and its not easy to find much user feedback in English. Indications are that its reliable and stable, and users seem to be as happy with Tizen devices as any other system.

For developers, a significant recent event is the release of “Tizen Studio”, a version of Eclipse setup for developing Tizen native and webapps – applied in the style of Android Studio. Tizen is rapidly expanding its API so that it matches the features available in Android. Tizen has resurrected the Eclipse IDE that used to be the go-to IDE to develop for Android. However, Tizen native apps are coded in C++ not Java. That is necessary to avoid using a problematic virtual machine.

Put simply, on Android devices, the Android system runs on a Java based Emulator. It is the emulator that runs on the Linux kernel. Tizen ditched this emulator setup to be able to match the reliability and performance of iPhones, WindowsMobile and other operating systems.

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How is Tizen going?

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