Category: Smartphone

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! just announced that you can sign-up for one if you meet the following requirements:

  • Must not be employed by the company manufacturing the unit
  • Demonstrate a clear and compelling purpose for physical hardware that cannot be reasonably addressed using the Tizen SDK and emulation.
  • Agree to use the development unit for the purpose stated in your application.
  • Agree to publicly communicate about your experience with the hardware (e.g. blog, tweet, present, post on forum or mailing list, etc).
  • Comply with any vendor-specific requirements (may include shipping restrictions to certain countries, signing an NDA, or agreeing to return the unit at the end of a specified period).
  • Must agree to be responsible for any import taxes, fees, or other expenses related to receiving the unit.
  • Must provide a valid shipping address, phone number, email address, project name and project URL (the latter can point to any sort of web page describing the project, including a forum thread).
  • Must exhibit willingness to share unused development units.

The selection criteria are as follows:

  • Intended use should be innovative, substantial and well-documented.
  • Intended use should be appropriate and practical for the type of hardware requested.
  • Past contributions to a relevant project may be part of the decision process. This information shall be kept confidential by the program team.
  • Prior receipt of a gifted or loaned development unit may be evaluated to ensure wider distribution.
  • Development units will not be provided for review or testing purposes.

It seems like there are only 30 units available, according to the Development Unit Program Application page, so good luck!

Links: Announcement | Program Details


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.

From my good pal, Thomas Perl‘s (@thp4) tweet:

Tizen Developer Device bootloader (Vol+, Vol- and Power to boot): #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:

  • Dual-core
  • 4.65″ Super AMOLED screen
  • Cortex A9 1.2GHz processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB hard drive
  • 8MP back camera
  • 2MP front camera
  • micro USB
  • WiFi
  • GPS
  • running Tizen 1.0
  • Audio/Video Decoder (MP3, AAC, AAC+, Mpeg4, .h263, .h264)