Sprint announced today that it is joining the Tizen Association and that Fared Adib, Sprint’s vice president-Product, is joining the Tizen board of directors. Sprint is the first North American carrier to be a part of the Tizen. Other carriers in the Tizen Association, include NTT DOCOMO, Orange, SK telecom, Telefónica and Vodafone.
Tizen is an open source, standards-based software platform designed for smartphones, tablets, netbooks, in-vehicle infotainment devices, smart TVs, and other mobile devices. Tizen was born out of Samsung Linux Platform OS (SLP) and incorporates a number of modules such as network management from the MeeGo project, promoted by Nokia and Intel. After Nokia left Meego for Windows Mobile, the MeeGo project was canceled in September 2011, in favor of Tizen.
The Tizen software development kit (SDK) and application programming interface (API) allow developers to use HTML5 and related Web technologies to write applications that run across multiple device categories, such as smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, netbooks and in-vehicle infotainment devices.
Sprint says it continues to support an open mobile ecosystem, and Tizen provides another open and flexible environment for developers to create innovative applications. The 2012 Tizen Developer Conference (pdf schedule) is going on this week in San Francisco.