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Tizen OS
Tizen screenshot en original.png
Tizen 2.2 beta screen on a smartphone (2013)[1]
DeveloperThe Linux Foundation
Written inHTML5, C, C++
OS familyLinux
Working stateCurrent
Source modelOperating system: Open source
SDK: Closed source
Initial releaseJanuary 5, 2012; 6 years ago (2012-01-05)
Latest release3.0 / May 20, 2017; 18 months ago (2017-05-20)[2]
Latest preview5.0 M1[3] / May 31, 2018; 6 months ago (2018-05-31)
Marketing targettablets, smartphones, GPS smartnav, in-vehicle infotainment, smart TV, wearable computing, Samsung Smart Home
Update methodSamsung Z4 and Samsung Gear Sport
Package managerRPM Package Manager
PlatformsARM, ARM64 x86, and x86-64
Kernel typeMonolithic kernel
Default user interfaceGraphical (Native and Web applications)
LicenseOperating system: GPLv2, LGPL, Apache License, BSD, Flora License
SDK: Freeware
Official websitewww.tizen.org

Tizen (/ˈtzɛn/) is a mobile operating system developed by the Linux Foundation that runs on a wide range of Samsung devices, including smartphones; tablets; in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) devices; smart televisions; smart cameras; smartwatches; Blu-ray players; smart home appliances (refrigerators, lighting, washing machines, air conditioners, ovens/microwaves); and robotic vacuum cleaners.[4]

Tizen can run Android applications using OpenMobile ACL (application compatibility layer), however applications have to be installed from an application store since directly installing Android APK files is not supported.[5]


Tizen and the mobile software distributions it is related to.

In 2011, the Tizen Association was formed.[6] Its members represented major sectors of the mobility industry. Current members include: Fujitsu, Huawei, Intel, KT, NEC Casio, NTT DoCoMo, Orange, Panasonic, Samsung, SK Telecom, Sprint and Vodafone.[7]

On May 7, 2012, American wireless carrier Sprint Nextel (now Sprint Corporation) announced it had agreed to become part of the Tizen Association and planned to include Tizen powered devices in their future lineup.[8]

On September 16, 2012, the Automotive Grade Linux Workgroup announced it will work with the Tizen project as the reference distribution optimized for a broad set of automotive applications such as instrumentation cluster and in-vehicle-infotainment (IVI).[9]

In October 2013, the first Tizen tablet was shipped by Systena. The tablet was part of a development kit exclusive to Japan.[10][11][12]

On May 14, 2014, it was announced that Tizen would ship with Qt.[13] This project was abandoned in January 2017.[14]

On February 21, 2016, Samsung announced the Samsung Connect Auto, a connected car solution offering diagnostic, Wi-Fi, and other car-connected services. The device plugs directly into the OBD-II port underneath the steering wheel.[15]

On November 16, 2016, Samsung said they would be collaborating with Microsoft to bring .NET Core support to Tizen.[16]


  • April 30, 2012: Tizen 1.0 released.[17]
  • February 18, 2013: Tizen 2.0 released.[18]
  • May 20, 2017: Tizen 3.0 released.[19]

Compatible devices[edit]

NX300 camera running Tizen


On April 3, 2017, Vice reported on its "Motherboard" website that Amihai Neiderman, an Israeli security expert, has found more than 40 zero-day vulnerabilities in Tizen's code, allowing hackers to remotely access a wide variety of current Samsung products running Tizen, such as Smart TVs and mobile phones.[20] Only after the article was published did Samsung, whom Neiderman tried to contact months before, reach out to him to follow up on the report.[20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Tizen UI Overview".
  2. ^ "Tizen 3/0 SDK Release Notes".
  3. ^ "Tizen 5.0 M1 Source Code Release | Tizen". www.tizen.org. Retrieved 2018-06-22.
  4. ^ "Tizen Target Market".
  5. ^ "how to install apk files".
  6. ^ "About Tizen".
  7. ^ "Tizen FAQ" (PDF).
  8. ^ Wallace, Kristen. "Sprint Joins The Tizen Association". Sprint Newsroom. Archived from the original on January 24, 2013. Retrieved January 28, 2013.
  9. ^ "Automotive Grade Linux". Automotive.linuxfoundation.org. Retrieved November 22, 2012.
  10. ^ Brown, Eric (June 27, 2013). "World's first Tizen tablet?". LinuxGizmos.com. Archived from the original on July 2, 2013. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
  11. ^ Brown, Eric. "First Tizen tablet ships to developers". LinuxGizmos.com. Archived from the original on October 28, 2013. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
  12. ^ Buckley, Sean (October 25, 2013). "First Tizen tablet launches in Japan, caters exclusively to developers". Engadget. Archived from the original on January 25, 2014. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
  13. ^ "Tizen:Common to Ship with Qt Integrated". tizenexperts.com.
  14. ^ https://wiki.qt.io/Tizen
  15. ^ "Samsung Ushers in a New Era of Driving Experience with Samsung Connect Auto". February 21, 2016. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  16. ^ ""Samsung announces .NET Core support and Visual Studio Tools for Tizen OS"".
  17. ^ "Tizen 1.0 Larkspur SDK and Source Code Release". Tizen.org. Retrieved November 22, 2012.
  18. ^ "Tizen 2.0 Magnolia SDK and Source Code Release". Tizen.org. Retrieved February 19, 2013.
  19. ^ https://source.tizen.org/release/tizen-3.0-milestones
  20. ^ a b Zetter, Kim (April 3, 2017). "Samsung's Android Replacement Is a Hacker's Dream". Motherboard. Retrieved 2017-04-06.

External links[edit]

  • Tizen – Official website

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