Intel Corp. on Wednesday said that it joined Linux foundation and LiMo foundation in support of Tizen, a new Linux-based open source software platform for multiple device categories. While Intel does support a number of open-source Linux-based projects, the current project signals Intel’s drop of MeeGo operating system.
“Tizen builds upon the strengths of both LiMo and MeeGo and Intel will be working with our MeeGo partners to help them transition to Tizen. The initial release of Tizen is expected in Q1 2012, enabling the first devices in the market mid-2012,” a statement by Intel reads.
Tizen is a standards-based, cross-architecture software platform, which supports multiple device categories including smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, netbooks and in-vehicle infotainment systems.
Tizen combines the open-source technologies from LiMo and the Linux foundation and adds a robust and flexible standards-based HTML5 and WAC web development environment within which device-independent applications can be produced efficiently for unconstrained cross-platform deployment. This approach leverages the robustness and flexibility of HTML5 which is rapidly emerging as a preferred application environment for mobile applications and the broad carrier support of the Wholesale Applications Community (WAC).
Intel believes that HTML5-based applications will eventually be more widespread and competitive that programs designed for particular eco-systems, such as Apple iOS or Google Android.
“We believe the future belongs to HTML5-based applications, outside of a relatively small percentage of apps, and we are firmly convinced that our investment needs to shift toward HTML5. Shifting to HTML5 doesn't just mean slapping a web runtime on an existing Linux, even one aimed at mobile, as MeeGo has been. Emphasizing HTML5 means that APIs not visible to HTML5 programmers need not be as rigid, and can evolve with platform technology and can vary by market segment,” said Imad Sousou, director of Intel open source technology center, who helped to develop Moblin and MeeGo platforms.
Intel’s support for MeeGo has been bumpy from day one. Firstly, the MeeGo was chosen in favour of the company’s own Moblin platform in a bid to have the same operating system with Nokia, at the time the No.1 maker of mobile phones and smartphones in the world. Unfortunately, Nokia itself decided to ditch MeeGo in favour of Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Phone, which essentially killed all the benefits for MeeGo. As a result, it now makes a great sense for Intel to support “universal” Tizen hoping that Apple and Google will also support HTML5 apps.