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Tizen 3.0 Unveiled with Support for 64-bit Processors, Multiple Users

by Jacob Kleinman | November 11, 2013November 11, 2013 10:00 pm EST

Samsung had plenty of news to share at the Tizen Developer Summit this past weekend, officially releasing 2.2.1—which its claims is fully functional—teasing Tizen 3.0, and even showing off its first Tizen-powered camera. While much of the keynote was devoted to the latest version of the company’s Android alternative, The Handheld Blog reports that Samsung finished off the event with a taste of what Tizen 3.0 will bring next year.

The company says it won’t launch Tizen 3.0 until late 2014, likely as an update for the first generation of Tizen devices. The fresh build of the OS will add 64-bit architecture for processors that compete with Apple’s 64-bit A7 chip—though Samsung claims it’s been working on the technology for over a year—while also adding support for additional RAM. Finally, the company says Tizen 3.0 will include a 3D UI framework, allowing developers to add depth to their app design.

Samsung has been talking about Tizen for a while now, but for the most part the HTML5-based collaboration with Intel is still relatively young. While the company originally said it would release a Tizen phone by the end of 2013, recent reports suggest the device won’t launch until early 2014, while development on the first Tizen TV lags even further behind. Then again, considering how well the Galaxy-maker is fairing with Google’s Android OS, there’s clearly no rush to roll out the new operating system.

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...