First Tizen tablet launches in Japan, it’s aimed at developers

Tizen is a Linux-based operating system for mobile devices that’s backed by Samsung and Intel, among others. The first phones and tablets running Tizen aren’t quite ready for consumers yet, but if you’re in Japan you may be able to pick up a Tizen tablet aimed at developers.

The goal is to provide a device that developers can use to ready apps for the Tizen operating system, but the tablet that Systena is offering as a developer kit looks like a pretty decent device in its own right.

systena tizen tablet

The tablet features a 10.1 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel display, a 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage.

It has 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, front and rear cameras, a microSD card slot, and the tablet’s available in red or white colors.

Folks who get their hands on one of the developer devices will also get access to the source code and documentation for writing apps for the platform.

According to SamMobile, we might not have to wait long to see the first Tizen-based smartphones. But as the folks behind Ubuntu Phone OS, Sailfish, and Firefox OS can tell you, one of the challenges facing any new mobile operating system is the relatively small number of apps available at launch. So it’s important to provide developers with tools to create apps for a new platform or port existing apps to the new operating system before it officially launches.

via Tizen Indonesia

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  • Michael Thompson

    So what’s in it for me the consumer over say… Android or IOS?
    Does this OS make better use of existing hardware or do something better in some way?

    … or is this just a “me too” approach to creating another revenue scheme in the form of yet more apps ported from oh, Android or IOS to THIS OS?

    • epinoa

      Hopefully it has less access to spooks. I’m not buying another Microsoft, Apple or Android product.

      • Noloqoq

        That’s theory. In fact, probably depends on NSA needs… (Japan has large US army base, that last president was elected to close, but never managed to close) isn’t it ?

  • James Polk

    Does Tizen have a built-in terminal and does it have the command line utiltiles (or can be installed from the command line) a typical Linux distro would have or is it like Android?

    If it’s like Android, what does it bring that’s an improvement?

    • swift11
      • Alan Jackson

        That’s nice but what shells and utilities are available? For example, GCC, ifconfig, Samba, NFS, SSH and all the other things most Linux distros come with.

    • zdanee

      It’s more or less the successor of Maemo from the NIT era, so yes, terminal, bash, all your favorite linux command line tools and GCC. Even if you can’t find one, you can easily port it, most of the time all you need is an ARM binary. Just like good old N900.

  • Argle Bargle

    Since when a linux user is a consumer? :D Nevermind me, just trolling from the linux. Although in the light of last events where android is closing its source growingly, because it has the muscle and market share to do so, wouldn’t it be good if Tizen was under pressure to stay open source?
    For everyday Joe, who uses Windows on the computer and android everywhere else, there is little reason, unless charges went through the roof for everyday use.

  • http://infotechgarage.com Teach

    I think Tizen is great as you can see a hacker was able to create tablet running Tizen O.S easy…http://www.downloadtizenapps.com/2013/10/tizen-running-on-a10s-olinuxino-looks.html

  • maxdio

    Why we need another OS ?

  • Rickie

    “Why we need another OS?”

    Well, some of us are not comfortable selling our soul to Apple or Google. A bit weird, I know.