US wireless provider Sprint (News - Alert) today announced that it is joining the Tizen Association, an association formed to drive support for the Tizen software platform. Furthermore, vice president of Product for Sprint, Fared Adib, is joining the Tizen board of directors.
Sprint is the first North American wireless carrier to be a part of the Tizen association, while many of the world’s leading providers are members, including NTT (News - Alert) DOCOMO, Orange, SK telecom, Telefónica and Vodafone as well as hardware manufacturers like Intel, Casio Computer Co., Samsung Electronics and Chinese mobile phone manufacturer Huawei.
The Tizen software development kit (SDK) and application programming interface (API) provide developers with a way to use HTML5 and related Web technologies to write applications which can run any number of devices, including smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, netbooks and in-vehicle infotainment devices. Tizen is a software platform which enables flexibility in service selection and deployment. Although version 1.0 of the Tizen platform, codenamed Larkspur, was announced relatively recently, there is still no word as to when Tizen-powered devices will hit the market.
Formed on January 1, 2012 and realized from a new open source project which uses the Linux kernel and a range of other established open source projects, the Tizen Association is backed by all major mobile Linux proponents. The Tizen Association’s board of directors is composed of representatives from a number of mobile industry leaders.
Sprint Nextel (News - Alert) is a provider of a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services for consumers, businesses and government users. As of the end of the first quarter of this year, the carrier served more than 56 million customers in the United States and claims to have offered the first wireless 4G service to the country. Newsweek magazine ranked Sprint third in its 2011 Green Rankings, putting it among the United States’ greenest companies.
Edited by Rich Steeves