Tizen Association, which promotes the use of Tizen open source operating system (OS), organized an event Feb 26, 2013, on the occasion of Mobile World Congress 2013.
At the event, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd exhibited a prototype of a Tizen-based smartphone developed by the company. Also, NTT Docomo Inc and France-based Orange announced that they will release Tizen-based smartphones within 2013. This means that smartphones based on three open source OSes (Tizen, Firefox OS, Ubuntu) will debut in 2013.
The exhibited prototype was based on "Tizen 2.0," the latest version whose development kit and source code became available Feb 18, 2013. Applications software for Tizen are basically developed using HTML5. But Tizen 2.0 can run applications using native code.
In a demonstration, Cut the Rope (a puzzle game based on HTML5) and Asphalt7 (racing game, native application) were run on the phone. Also, "Tizen Store," where developers can publish or sell applications, was demonstrated.
Kiyohito Nagata, executive officer, director of marketing, NTT Docomo, who is the chair of Tizen Association, said that the greatest merit of Tizen is its "openness" brought by HTML5.
Though Android is also an open source operating system, the portion developed by Google Inc such as Google Play is under strict control of Google. For example, it is not possible to develop a product that uses only part of Google Play.
On the other hand, Tizen is completely open, enabling to freely develop products that meet user needs.