New Tizen version drops, World+Dog yawns

TVs and mobes can do without Android (but won't)

The developers of the Linux-based device operating system Tizen have announced the latest iteration of their TV and mobile offerings.

The two device profiles released over the weekend abandon the X-server in favour of the newer and simpler Wayland windowing system, and Webkit2 has been replaced with the Chromium-efl Chromium/Blink engine.

The release notes say: “This milestone provides developers with the Tizen kernel, device drivers, middleware subsystems, and Web/Native APIs, necessary to develop future Tizen compliant solutions and marks feature completion for the key features of Tizen 3.0 TV and Mobile profiles”.

Now based on version 4.0 of the Linux kernel, Tizen was created by Samsung as an alternative to Android, and was later adopted by the Linux Foundation.

It has, however, struggled to attract device developer interest. Samsung had intended its first launches during 2014, but it didn't land until January and then only in India. In May, a design for a second Tizen phone leaked.

The latest version includes a new security architecture based on three-domain Smack and the Cynara policy-checker.

The new release adds support for 64-bit SoCs, and a multi-user architecture makes it easier for developers to offer Tablet and TV personalisation.

Future releases, the developers say, will include support for KDBus, Crosswalk, an Internet of Things API, and integrate the Linux 4.1 kernel. ®

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