If you have been wanting to develop in Tizen and been wanting to get your hands on a Tizen Smartphone Developer Device, but did not get to attend the Tizen Developer Conference in San Francisco or the Tizen mini-summit in LinuxCon Japan, well here’s your chance! Tizen.org just announced that you can sign-up for one if you meet the following requirements:
The selection criteria are as follows:
It seems like there are only 30 units available, according to the Development Unit Program Application page, so good luck!
It seems like the Tizen folks have provided a special mode on the Tizen Developer Device to view the boot log and more importantly boot from an image from the built-in SD card slot.
Tizen Developer Device bootloader (Vol+, Vol- and Power to boot): http://flic.kr/p/bXUoPq http://flic.kr/p/bXUpdG #tizenconf via @stskeeps
To activate the menu, you have to hold down the Volume +, Volume -, and Power button to boot the the device, and then hold down the same three keys again to enter the User Mode. You then use the Volume buttons to scroll through the boot modes, and use the Power button to select.
I wonder how easy to boot a hacked Tizen image and what other OSes can run on this Developer Device?Link: thp4′s Flickr
Another equally impressive demo at the recent Tizen Developer Conference in San Francisco was that of the upcoming Tizen Animation Framework. The quick demo, presented by Samsung’s Executive Vice President, J-D Choi, shows an EFL-based (Elightenment Foundation Libraries) accelerated multi-touch user interface, scaling and rotating a running video, without dropping frames.
In one of the keynotes on the recent Tizen Developer Conference in San Francisco, Samsung’s Executive Vice President, J-D Choi gave a demo of purely HTML5/CSS3 written apps on Tizen. The impressive HTML5 demos were shown live, running on a prototype device (which several folks are saying was a Samsung Galaxy S II). The demos presented were the three different Gallery user interfaces, Media Cube, CSS-based photo transition, and the upcoming Phone interface.
Several companies doing demos at the 2012 Tizen Developer Conference are using Samsung provided developer smartphones. Specs are still a bit sketchy but from from what I have been told, they are dual-cores, 1.2GHz, and ARM-based. Check out the photos I took from the Samsung’s booth:
Update: Samsung’s Executive Vice President, J-D Choi revealed some details with regards to the specs of the device: