Tizen Developer Conference Overview (May 7th 2012)
Thanks to all the developers, independent software vendors, carriers, device manufacturers, and others who joined us for the Tizen Developer Conference in San Francisco. With almost eight hundred people in attendance and hundreds more on the live stream, the Tizen project is off to a great start. Your insights, feedback, and willingness to collaborate were what made the conference so interesting for all of us.
We had 46 sessions on a wide variety of topics, including Tizen Architecture, Tizen WebAPIs, HTML5, In-Vehicle Infotainment, Tizen telephony, graphics, community, and much more. Don’t worry if you missed something, we have video or audio and presentation materials for almost every session. Visit the schedule page to find the session that you want to watch or listen to.
During the initial keynote on Tuesday morning, Imad Sousou (Director of Intel’s Open Source Technology Center) and Jong-Deok Choi (EVP, Samsung Software R&D Center) gave a Tizen Project overview presentation that included demos of Tizen, product features, roadmap information, and more details about using HTML5 for Tizen development. They emphasized that Tizen brings unique value to everyone involved in building and using devices – device manufacturers, operators, app vendors, and, of course, end users. With the Tizen 1.0 Larkspur release, the focus will be on mobile, as well as In-vehicle-Infotainment (IVI) platforms. The follow-on release will be named Magnolia and will be released at the end of 2012. Magnolia will add support for Native APIs, additional web APIs, and other improvements, such as security enhancements. The demos were one of the most impressive parts of their keynote. The demos showed that HTML5-based applications can deliver native-level performance with WebGL and CSS-based animations, along with a phone call that used the Tizen Web API. They also announced the Tizen Software Development Platforms (SDPs) with an ARM CPU and Intel HSPA+ communications processor. They were distributed to eligible attendees and were only available at the conference.
Our focus on HTML5 and web standards was reinforced during the keynote from James Pearce, Head of Mobile Developer Relations at Facebook, where he shared his perspective on how the web is evolving to become simultaneously more social and mobile, encouraging developers to join efforts to standardize on web platforms. He talked about the shift towards mobile and how the next wave of businesses and companies will be mobile-first, leaving the desktop age behind. Social and mobile were made for each other, and we have a far better social experience while mobile, than while sitting behind a computer because we can include our friends in our mobile experiences using social platforms. The data Pearce shared from Facebook proves this point with 1.1 billion monthly mobile visits. Pearce went on to say that Facebook has 900 million active users after 8 years, and in just half that time, they have 488 million active mobile users after only 4 years. He also demonstrated Tizen’s HTML5 compliance on mobile with an ad hoc demo using Ringmark, to show that Tizen supports more HTML5 features than many other mobile and desktop web browsers. Technologies like Ringmark are becoming increasingly important as a way to demonstrate HTML5 compliance and help developers write applications that will work on their targeted mobile device.