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+.
Havok just announced that their free C++-based Project Anarchy gaming platform will be making its way to Tizen. Havok plans to optimize the full range of Project Anarchy technology for Tizen — Havok Vision Engine, Havok Physics, Havok Animation Studio and Havok AI.
“We’re thrilled to be on the ground floor with a highly robust game engine that will enable mobile developers to push the technology boundaries of Tizen to deliver highly compelling game play.” said David Coghlan, Managing Director at Havok.
Havok will be doing live demos at the Tizen Developer Conference in San Francisco, May 22 – 24, 2013. The Tizen-optimized build of Project Anarchy will be available for developers sometime Q3 of 2013.
Check out a demo of Havok’s Project Anarchy on ARM Mali at GDC 2013:
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
In less than a day, Michael Sheldon has managed to port his Qt-based MeeGo Hartmattan app, Eyrie Music Identifier, natively via the Enlightenment Foundation Library (EFL) in Tizen. Eyrie is a music identification app that tries to listen to music running on the background and tries to identify its title and artist.
You must be all wondering how Michael managed to create a native app in Tizen. Well, good news(!) — Michael will be posting detailed instructions on his blog soon (EDIT: The full instructions are now up). While waiting for it, here is how he explained it to me in an email:
I’m planning on writing up a blog post about it at the weekend, I’ll try to include as much detail in that as I can to help others get to grips with doing EFL stuff with the SDK.
However the short(ish) explanation is that yes, it’s certainly possible to write EFL apps with the current SDK release, but it’s not really integrated into the Eclipse based IDE in any meaningful way. I found after a bit of playing around that the SDK is actually based around scratchbox and the IDE simply drops into a scratchbox session when building packages, so coming from other scratchbox based environments (Maemo and MeeGo Harmattan) I knew enough to be able to jump in to the scratchbox environment directly and develop my application that way.
To get into the scratchbox environment you can simply run “~/tizen_sdk/SDK/build-system/toolchains/scratchbox2/bin/sb2″ (assuming the SDK is installed in ~/tizen_sdk/). From there you’re basically in a (slightly odd) debian system and can build either i386 or ARM binaries for use in the emulator or on real devices, and you have access to all the development packages in the Tizen repositories (which include EFL amongst other things). I’ll try and detail some of the main oddities in the system in my blog post later and go through in a bit more of a step by step manner how to start writing EFL apps, but that’s the general gist of it.
Links: Full Instructions
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