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Tizen SDK 2.0 released along with screenshots
Tizen is one of the many operating systems that may be released in this year and in recent times has also garnered a lot of eyeballs. The Tizen project has released its 2.0 Magnolia SDK in a bid to invite developers and early adopters to try out the OS, report bugs and build apps for the project.
Thanks to Samsung, who is backing the platform, Tizen is touted as one of the most promising open source mobile platforms that may come our way. Those eager to try out the Linux-based OS can download the SDK and source code of Tizen 2.0 Magnolia from the developer site. The new version introduces many new features and improves the previous iterations of the OS, Tizen 1.0 Larkspur and the Alpha build of Magnolia.
Tizen SDK 2.0
It brings enhanced Web framework that provides state-of-the-art HTML5/W3C API support. The web UI framework supports full-screen and multi-window modes. The organisation has released more device APIs such as for Bluetooth and NFC support, and access to the device’s calendar, call history and messaging subsystems to develop apps that tie in to these services. The Web Runtime framework of Tizen 2.0 Magnolia supports new configuration elements for specifying the required features and privileges, and providing the basic runtime environment for NPRuntime plugins. It brings native framework supporting full-featured application development and providing a variety of features such as background applications, IP Push and TTS (Text-To-Speech)
Besides this changelog, SamMobile has got hold of information regarding the first Tizen device. It will be reportedly based on the Samsung Galaxy S3, although the website says it’s unclear if that means it will take up after the S3’s design or the hardware. The website also published several screenshots of the Tizen OS, which show a very Meego-like icon set and a very polished UI. The colour scheme looks bright and icons stand out in the largely white background in the various core apps. The setting screen in particular feels like a curious mix of Android, iOS and Meego.