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Appeared on: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Tizen Association Celebrates Progress

More than 250 Tizen Association members and ecosystem participants gathered in Barcelona, Spain, on February 26, 2013, to discuss the commercialization of Tizen devices by NTT DOCOMO and Orange.

Samsung announced its intention to add to the Tizen ecosystem by launching Tizen devices in 2013. Samsung has been working with operators and content partners in launch markets and will offer a combination of global and local content in each market.

Orange and NTT DOCOMO also confirmed plans to commercialize Tizen devices in the second half of 2013.

Executives from Huawei, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, Samsung and Intel underscored the value of an open ecosystem, highlighting customer choice and delivering services to consumers. Executives from these companies view openness as a key to raising the bar for user experience.

Earlier in February, the Tizen 2.0 Magnolia SDK and source code were released to developers, operators and OEMs.

As part of the Tizen Association?s focus on ecosystem development, the Tizen Store will launch later this year with apps, allowing developers to monetize their work. The outreach to app developers to build HTML5 apps has begun and more details will be available in May at the Tizen Developer conference in San Francisco.

A number of developers were on hand during the Barcelona event to showcase their applications for Tizen and illustrate specific aspect of the Tizen platform, including:

- App Store: App discovery through Home page, Tizen Picks, Categories
- Cut the Rope: Ease of porting existing HTML5 app to Tizen
- Asphalt 7: Support for high-performance graphics via Tizen APIs and future hardware
- Vimeo: Smooth video playback and content sharing
- Mr. Radio: Listen to radio from around the world, match music to weather
- Appbackr: Algorithm driven app discovery and recruitment for platforms, carriers and OEMs


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