Tizen (/ˈtaɪzɛn/) is a Linux-based operating system for devices—including smartphones, tablets, in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) devices, smart TVs, Laptop's and smart cameras. Its licensing model involves software that uses a variety of open source licenses that may be incompatible (see Licensing model, below)—and a proprietary SDK. It aims to offer a consistent user experience across devices. Tizen is a project within the Linux Foundation and is governed by a Technical Steering Group (TSG) composed of Samsung and Intel among others. The Tizen Association formed to guide the industry role of Tizen, including requirements gathering, identifying and facilitating service models, and overall industry marketing and education.[4] Members of the Tizen Association represent every major sector of the mobility industry and every region of the world. Current members include operators, OEMs and computing leaders: Fujitsu, Huawei, Intel Corporation, KT, NEC CASIO Mobile Communications, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, Panasonic Mobile Communications, Samsung, SK Telecom, Sprint and Vodafone.[5] While the Tizen Association decides what needs to be done in Tizen, the Technical Steering Group determines what code is actually incorporated into the operating system to accomplish those goals. Tizen roots back to the Samsung Linux Platform (SLP) and the LiMo Project and recently, Samsung merged its homegrown Bada project into Tizen. The first week of October 2013, Samsung's NX300M smart camera became the first consumer product based on Tizen; it was sold in South Korea for a month before its OS was revealed at the Tizen Developer Summit, [6] [7] [8] then became available for pre-order in the US in early 2014 with a release date of March 1. The first Tizen tablet was announced by Systena in June 2013, a 10" quad-core ARM with 1920x1200 resolution that was eventually shipped in late October 2013 as part of a development kit exclusive to Japan.[9][10][11] The Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch, announced a day before MWC 2014, is slated to be Tizen's first smartwatch, launching in April 2014.[12] The Samsung ZEQ 9000 will be the first commercially available smartphone running the operating system.[13]


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