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Samsung's takes baby steps in touting Tizen OS to developers

Matt Hamblen | Oct. 31, 2013
Open source OS is viewed as a cross-platform opportunity, and an example that Samsung isn't fully dependent on Android

"Google is a great partner of ours. Our job as a platform provider is to really help developers take advantage of core applications," Sasaki added.

Abe Elias, chief technical officer at Sencha, a Web application developer, praised Samsung for supporting Tizen and HTML 5.

Sencha uses HTML 5 to provide cross-platform applications to many large companies. There are 2 million registered developers using Sencha's tools.

"We're a huge fan of Tizen, and HTML is native in Tizen," Elias said in an interview. One reason application developers should support HTML 5 for making Web apps is to avoid the 30% charge charged by app stores to host a native app, he said.

Elias agreed that Samsung isn't trying to fork Android, but noted that the company has been separating itself from Google with a number of forked apps that ride atop of Android. For example, Google uses the Chrome browser with Android, while Samsung's browser is simply called Internet. Also, while Google has Hangouts, Samsung has Chat-On.

"Samsung's forking apps, not Android," he said.


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