Mohan Rao, Senior Vice President of Samsung R&D in India, took the stage to talk about the latest Tizen update at SDC 2016. Here are a few key highlights from his presentation.
From the internet to smartphones and beyond, we live in an age of unprecedented technological advancement. And now, we’re on the cusp of transformation yet again with the Internet of Things (IoT). The smart devices category has exploded over the past several years, and it shows no signs of slowing down — by 2020, connected devices are projected to reach 21 billion. But we can’t just build these devices and call it a day. If we’re going to fully capitalize on everything that IoT has to offer, we need to ensure these devices can communicate, share content and deliver a seamless user experience. And the soon-to-be-released Tizen 3.0 aims to play a large role in delivering that IoT vision.
Created by the Linux Foundation in 2012, Tizen is an open-source operating system built off of the Linux kernel. Since its initial launch, Tizen has grown to not only power smartphones but also wearables, Smart TVs and even refrigerators. But the real power of Tizen will be realized in the form of IoT. And this is something that all members of the Tizen ecosystem — device manufacturers, platform developers and app developers — can capitalize on.
Tizen 3.0’s architecture allows for a near universal presence across devices, but also a great deal of flexibility for each one. With many components available through Tizen common to all device categories, Tizen can power a variety of devices. Yet with the ability to add more specific components to each profile (sensor frameworks for wearables, broadcast technology for Smart TVs), Tizen also allows for a great deal of customization — as well as the possibility to create new device profiles.
Most important, though, is the connectivity that Tizen 3.0 offers. Tizen 3.0’s IP-based connection between IoT devices, enhanced data transferring speed through Bluetooth’s low energy channel, Wifi hotspot functionality and various other features make the platform certifiably IoT ready. Furthermore, Tizen 3.0 enables unprecedented convergence to pair devices, share content and data and remotely control applications between devices. The OCF standard IoTivity track also gives Tizen 3.0 a simplified, common IoTivity interface for profiles of all devices, ensuring that users can truly take advantage of a connected ecosystem. Couple that with Samsung’s end-to-end solutions like the ARTIK chipset and cloud, platforms and smart devices, and you end up with the ability to get your simple-to-implement device prototype out in the market faster than ever.
Smart device owners will notice the benefits of Tizen 3.0 immediately, with an updated graphics engine and Wayland computer protocol providing enhanced graphics, stability, user interface and more. They’ll also be offered increased personalization and sharing capabilities like multiple logins and sessions; as well as custom security through Tizen 3.0’s improved multi-user support. And in the end, that makes your app more desirable.
But Tizen 3.0’s new features don’t just result in better apps — they also result in easier-to-build apps. With a set of APIs and SDKs for face and image recognition, speech-to-text and text-to-speech capabilities and map functionalities, developers can turn their creative ideas into concrete apps more efficiently than ever. Tizen 3.0 also supports the popular Crosswalk platform, so any app developed through Crosswalk can be leveraged for the Tizen OS.
While IoT has already started to take off, we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg. The IoT market is expected to be worth $14.4 trillion by 2022 — and the time to get in on it is now, whether you’re an app developer, platform builder or device manufacturer. Because only with a talented, enthusiastic group of builders can our world truly become as connected as we envision.