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Tizen is a user-interactive and service-oriented open source project that allows you to create feature-rich applications for multiple device categories.

Tizen is designed to be equally friendly to embedded systems developers and Web developers alike, and its flexible nature encourages its use on an array of devices, including TVs, smart phones, watches, tablets, in-vehicle infotainment systems, and smart appliances. Tizen provides a Native API that provides the benefits of building software for embedded systems in C; it also provides a Web API that allows you to create simple programs using only HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript.

To get started with the development of your own Tizen applications:

Tizen Application Types

The Tizen platform supports three primary application types:

  • Tizen .NET application is a new way to develop applications for the Tizen operating system, running on 50 million Samsung devices, including TVs, wearables, mobile devices, and many other IoT devices around the world. The existing Tizen frameworks are either C-based with no advantages of a managed runtime, or HTML5-based with fewer features and lower performance than the C-based solution.

    With Tizen .NET, you can use the C# programming language and the Common Language Infrastructure standards and benefit from a managed runtime for faster application development, and efficient, secure code execution.

  • Web application is essentially a Web site stored on your device and built using Web-native languages, such as HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript. The Web application uses the Tizen Web Framework to interact with the native subsystems.

    The Web applications use the Web API, which is a standard Web application project structure with basic elements. The Web API is designed to allow you to easily build applications using Web-native languages.

    A program built using the Web API is laid out much like a standard Web site. It has an index.html file that serves as the root, and separate directories for resources, such as JavaScript, CSS, images, and sound resources. This approach makes Web application development in Tizen extremely intuitive for developers with a background in Web development, and makes it easy to quickly write simple applications using high-level languages.

  • Native application is developed using C and can access more advanced device-specific features, such as camera, GPS, and accelerometer in addition to more advanced system settings and functionality.

    The native applications use the Native API, which provides all of the memory management and performance benefits that come with building applications for Linux in C. The Native API is extremely helpful, as it includes dozens of API modules that cover a large range of capabilities. It provides numerous interfaces to much of the hardware that is found in modern mobile and wearable devices, and does so in an environment that is tailored for limited resources.

The following figure illustrates the Tizen architecture model supporting the three application types.

Figure: Tizen architecture

Tizen architecture

The Tizen platform also allows you to develop a hybrid application package where native and Web applications are packaged together to make more powerful applications. The Tizen platform ensures that all Tizen applications have consistent look and feel, regardless of whether you use the native or Web framework to create them.

Tizen Profiles

Tizen is built to work on a wide variety of platforms with a focus on embedded devices. In order to accommodate the various types of devices, a set of profiles has been defined to make it easier to develop applications for specific purposes and device types. Since Tizen 3.0, there are 3 profile types you can choose from: mobile, wearable, and TV. The mobile profile is designed for smart phones, the wearable profile is designed for smart watches, and the TV profile is designed for smart TVs.

Both mobile and wearable profiles are supported in native, Web, and .NET application types. The TV profile is supported in Web and .NET application types.


Figure: Applications using the wearable profile

Applications using the wearable profile

Figure: Applications using the TV profile

Applications using the TV profile

Figure: Applications using the mobile profile

Applications using the mobile profile

Tizen Documentation

To make the most of your Tizen applications, get familiar with the Tizen documentation:

  • Training

    The training section provides overall information you need to become familiar with Tizen programming and the Tizen application model. Its Getting Started sections also walk you through creating your first Tizen application.

  • Guides

    The Tizen guides introduce the various features that you can use in creating Tizen applications, and teach you how to incorporate them into your application. They also instruct you in planning and developing a user interface for your application. The guides contain detailed code examples to help you write the required code in practice.

  • API References

    The Tizen API References provide descriptions of all the Tizen API domains, subdomains, classes, interfaces, functions, and methods.

  • Samples

    The Tizen sample descriptions introduce the sample applications provided in the Tizen Studio.

  • Tizen Studio

    The Tizen Studio introduces the Tizen development environment and related tools you can use when developing your Tizen application.

  • Visual Studio Tools for Tizen

    The Visual Studio Tools for Tizen is a collection of tools for developing Tizen .NET application. It consists of a Visual Studio extension for templates, a debugger, and the Tizen Emulator. The Visual Studio Tools for Tizen runs on Windows® with Visual Studio.

When using the Tizen documentation, look for the profile icons in the upper-right corner of each page. The icons (listed in the following table) indicate which profiles the topic applies to. "N" in the icon stands for the native application profiles and "W" for the Web application profiles.

Table: Tizen profiles

Profile   Icon
Wearable Web and native   Wearable
Mobile Web and native   Mobile
Wearable Web   Wearable Web or Optional wearable Web
TV Web   TV Web or Optional TV Web
Mobile Web   Mobile Web or Optional mobile Web
Wearable native   Wearable Native or Optional wearable native
Mobile native   Mobile Native or Optional mobile native
NoteIn Tizen native APIs and Web Device APIs, there are 2 types of APIs: mandatory and optional. The fully gray profile icon (as shown in the table above) refers to an optional API.

The mandatory APIs are always available on all Tizen devices. The optional APIs provide functionality that depends on the available device hardware or software capabilities, and they may not be available on all Tizen devices.

To become familiar with some terms that you encounter throughout this site, see Glossary.

To see the trademark notice list, see Trademarks.