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Cross-platform mobile app framework adds Tizen

Sep 25, 2013 — by Eric Brown — 687 views

Marmalade announced a new version of its cross-platform mobile development SDK that adds support for the Linux-based Tizen operating system. The Tizen support in Marmalade 6.4 will give developers a head-start on porting applications before first Tizen devices ship later this year, says the company.

Marmalade has found a way to stand out from the dozens of cross-platform mobile development frameworks vying for developers’ attention: add Tizen 2.2 support. Marmalade 6.4 is now available for download, letting developers gain early native access to Tizen, says Marmalade, a “trading name” of Ideaworks3D Limited. Developers can now begin to port games built with the gaming-oriented Marmalade directly into Tizen, thereby gaining an “early mover advantage,” says the company. The support is available for Marmalade Indie, Plus and Professional licensees.

Example Marmalade SDK screenshots
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Marmalade says it’s joining with “the company” on an “exciting new developer incentive promotion” for Tizen, later this year when the first Tizen products ship. However, since is an open source project run by the Linux Foundation, but spearheaded by both Intel or Samsung, it’s unclear which “company” Marmalade is referring to. Since a testimonial quote from Intel is supplied, this would appear to be the prime candidate. On the other hand, Marmalade will initially support only ARM devices with Tizen, and Samsung says it will release an ARM-based Tizen phone later this year.

Other features of the latest Marmalade 6.4 release include the full integration of Marmalade Quick — a Lua based 2D RAD tool launched earlier this year. Additional enhancements include support for iOS7, including improvements to the keyboard APIs, and numerous bug fixes. In addition, Mac users can now use Apple’s Xcode 5 IDE with Marmalade.

Marmalade lets users code natively (C++), take a hybrid HTML5/native approach, or use Lua scripting. It supports mobile platforms including iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8, BlackBerry 10, and now Tizen. No desktop Linux support is provided, but there is support for Windows and Mac desktops. Marmalade also supports selected Smart TV and TV streaming platforms including the Linux-based LG Smart TV and Roku media players. Games developed with Marmalade are said to include Cut the Rope, Plants vs Zombies, Draw Something, Call of Duty, Need for Speed, and Pro Evolution Soccer.

Sample Marmalade game titles
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“We’ve been really impressed at the speed at which Marmalade have integrated their initial support for Tizen,” stated Christopher Croteau, Tizen Association Board member and Managing Director of Intel’s Software and Services Group. “We look forward to seeing some great content made with Marmalade appear on the Tizen store, in time for the platform roll out later this year.”

Tizen smart TVs coming next?

In its announcement, Marmalade stated, “arriving in late 2013, Tizen will soon be running on an enormous array of devices including smartphones, tablets and Smart TVs.”

A Tizen-based Samsung smart TV may already be in the works, according to a Die Welt news item quoting Samsung co-CEO Boo-Keun Yoon. Yoon told the publication that a Tizen-based TV could be available by next year, When CNET contacted Samsung for confirmation, a spokesperson backed off a bit, and said only that they were “considering” a Tizen-based TV.

Last week we reported on a rumor that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S 5 will be offered in Tizen, in addition to Android flavors.

More information on Marmalade 6.4 and links to downloads for a trial version may be found at the Marmalade SDK 6.4 product page.

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