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Open platform to compete with Android

Posted: 30 Sep 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Android? mobile OS? cross-architecture software? system developers?

Linux oriented non-profit groups, the LiMo Foundation and The Linux Foundation, have initiated a new open-sourced project intended to develop a mobile device software platform based on the Linux operating system.

The project, dubbed as Tizen, would be a standard-based, cross-architecture software platform that supports multiple device categories that include smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, netbooks and in-vehicle infotainment systems. This is similar to what search-engine giant Google has achieved with its Android platform.

Tizen is set to combine the open-source offerings from LiMo and The Linux Foundation and add HTML5 and web development environment within which device-independent applications can be produced efficiently for cross-platform deployment. It promises to lower device realization cost, increase flexibility and improve time to market for system developers.

Morgan Gillis, executive director of the LiMo Foundation decribed Tizen as a "renewed ecosystem" for mobile Linux proponents. The Limo Foundation said that the mobile industry is embracing Linux and open source technologies, but the creation of Tizen appears to be an acknowledgement that the open-source Linux has failed to gain traction in competition against the open but Google-owned Android. The other successful approach toward mobile systems has been the proprietary one of Apple Inc.

Intel waves goodbye to MeeGo
According to Imad Sousou's blog, Intel is dropping its MeeGo mobile operating system to support the Tizen project. Read more about the story here.

To date, Intel has already announced that it is dropping its own MeeGo mobile OS initiative in favor of Tizen. Other reports also say that Samsung, a heavy supporter of Android, will seek to reduce its dependency on Google by backing Tizen.

The LiMo Foundation was created to increase the adoption of Linux within the mobile industry. Its founding members include Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic Mobile Communications, Orange, Samsung Electronics and Vodafone. ARM, Marvell, Renesas and Intel subsidiary Wind River are some of its associate members.

The Linux Foundation is much broader compared to LiMo. It has seven platinum members at the top of its organization namely, Fujitsu, Hitachi, IBM, Intel, NEC, Oracle and Qualcomm.

The initial release of Tizen is targeted for Q1 2012, enabling first devices to come to market in mid-2012.

- Peter Clarke
??EE Times

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