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How rollApp Delivers Popular Desktop Apps on Tizen, Samsung's 'OS of Everything'

On June 2-4, 2014 team rollApp, including our CTO Dima Malenko, visited the Tizen Developer Conference in San Francisco where we met awesome community of developers and #TDCSF14 hosts, took pictures with the new Samsung Z smartphone and a prototype Tizen TV (see below), but, most importantly, shared our experience about porting 50+ desktop apps to Tizen. The list included all sorts of apps from text editors, spreadsheets and other productivity tools to games, graphics, and educational apps.

What’s Tizen, anyway? 

Tizen is a Linux-based open-source operating system developed by Samsung. It’s designed not only for smartphones – where it’s going to become a real alternative to Android – but it also comes in multiple profiles to serve different industry requirements. The current Tizen profiles are Tizen IVI (in-vehicle infotainment), Tizen Mobile, Tizen TV, and Tizen Wearable. The Tizen project resides within the Linux Foundation and is governed by a Technical Steering Group.

Samsung’s first Tizen OS phone, the Samsung Z, will only be available in Russia in Q3 and, rumored, the launches in other countries would follow. Tizen phone users will be able to find and install rollApp applications through Tizen Store (also to be launched soon).

rollApp Presentation: What We Learned From Porting 50+ Cloud Apps to Tizen
We’ve discovered a lot about Tizen, which broadened our vision on developing cross-platform cloud applications. In this presentation we’re sharing some of the lessons we’ve learned in the following areas:
  • Maintaining cross-platform compatibility, while taking the most out of each supported device and OS; conforming to platform guidelines and dealing with the certification process; 
  • Optimizing user experience for the Tizen; 
  • Performance optimization; 
  • Dealing with Web standards and features beyond the scope of the standards.
Here are the slides of the talk on SlideShare and we hope to be able to post soon a link to a video of the presentation.

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