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.
Matt Jones, GENIVI Vice President and Senior Technical Specialist for the Next Generation of Infotainment systems at Jaguar Land Rover, gave us a demo of the Proof of Concept Tizen IVI on the Land Rover. While not an actual product, this gives us an insight on the exciting future of In-vehicle Infotainment.
The Tizen IVI proof of concept was created through a user experience contest from Linux Foundation’s Automotive Grade Linux (AGL). According to Matt, even though the contest is finished, everyone is still encouraged to improve on the project.
For those interested to try out the AGL Demonstrator, the images are available for download at AGL (link).
Just in time for the 2013 Tizen Developer Conference, Tizen.org just released Tizen 2.1, codenamed “Nectarine”.
Dubbed as a “minor release”, changes include:
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