Category: 3rd Party

Earlier this month, I reported about a community driven initiative to port Qt to Tizen. Only a few days have passed and Qt for Tizen 1.0 Alpha 1 have been announced. I was lucky enough to meet Leon Anavi, one of the main contributors of the Qt for Tizen group at the 2013 Tizen Developer Conference in San Francisco, and gave me a personal demo of Qt 5.1 running on an actual Tizen developer device (RD-PQ). Check out the video below.

As you can see on the demo, Qt is easily running on Tizen 2.1 Nectarine at 60 fps. You can also see however that the Qt apps are still beine launched via command line. Leon also mentioned that there are still some things that needs to be worked out, such as support for the pop-up keyboard.

If you are a fan of both Qt and Tizen, feel free to help with the initiative. You can find all the details of the community at the Qt for Tizen wiki page.

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blinkx just announced a dedicated blinkx app as well as an open source blinkx Video Player for the Tizen community.

“We’re delighted to join Tizen in making this innovative operating system even more video-friendly for both app developers and users,” said S. Brian Mukherjee, CEO of blinkx. “By open sourcing our video player for Tizen developers, we look forward to expanding further into the mobile video space.”

The blinkx app will replicate the look and feel of blinkx.com, giving access to over 35 million hours of online video and over 800 media partnerships.

For Tizen mobile app developers, blinkx has developed an open source HTML5 video player to help incorporate a fully-functional video player into their apps. The lightweight and easy-to-use code allows developers to build a single- or multi-video player experience with their own videos in multiple formats.

More info at http://www.blinkx.com/tizen

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It looks like Qt is unofficially making its way to Tizen. A Qt for Tizen page has just been created in the Qt wiki encouraging the community to help port Qt 5 to Tizen.

Tomasz Olszak is off to a great start, posting a video of Qt 5 running on the Tizen 2.1 Emulator. Check it out:

Join the Qt for Tizen community at Google+.

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INFRAWARE just unveiled their Polaris App Generator (PAG), a platform that can transform Android games and applications to seamlessly run on Tizen. It aims to to smoothly run Adroid apps on a diverse range of devices using Tizen.

INFRAWARE also plans to provide a publishing service for converted apps in the Tizen app store. Interested Android developers should collaborate with INFRAWARE with regards to app conversion and for help leveraging their apps in the Tizen ecosystem.

“INFRAWARE will support the new mobile operating system and its steady growth with our innovative technology and know-how,” said Min Cheol Kwak, CEO of INFRAWARE. “Also, with Tizen and other newly emerging mobile platforms, we are committed to exploring and promoting continuous growth in efficiency and market expansion opportunities for game and application developers through technology and service efforts which minimize their additional costs.”

INFRAWARE will provide more details at the 2013 Tizen Developer Conference in San Francisco next month.

This is not the first time we’ve heard of running Android apps in Tizen. Sometime back OpenMobile World Wide Inc., announced a similar service called Application Compatibility Layer (ACL) (link).

Links: INFRAWARE Press Release

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Sounds good to be true but OpenMobile World Wide, Inc., via their Application Compatibility Layer (ACL) product, will let you run 400,000+ Android apps on Tizen smartphones, tablets, IVIs, and connected TVs. They promise 100% compatibility, natively run without latencies, with zero developer effort.

I have seen a demo during the Tizen Developer Conference and the Android apps work surprisingly well on Tizen. Here’s an official demo video that OpenMobile just uploaded showing Facebook, Winamp, and Guitar Hero 5 Android apps on a tablet running Tizen:

Links: OpenMobile ACL

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