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TIZEN ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES PARTNER PROGRAM WITH 36 NEW MEMBERS AIMED AT ACCELERATING DEVELOPMENT AND COMMERCIALIZATION OF THE TIZEN OPERATING SYSTEM

Companies from All Segments of the Mobile and Connected Device Ecosystems Become Tizen Association Partners to Collaborate on the Ongoing Development of the Tizen Project and Platform

Seoul, Korea-November 11, 2013 – Today the Tizen Association announced the launch of a partner program aimed at broadening support of the Tizen Platform across a more diverse set of connected device manufacturers, operators, application developers and independent software vendors (ISVs). The Tizen Association is an industry consortium that supports the development of an open source software platform and operating system – Tizen. Tizen supports a wide range of connected devices. The program launched today at the Tizen Developer Summit in Seoul, Korea with 36 new members. Each of the new members has the potential to join relevant Tizen Association Working Groups and to participate in Tizen Association meetings, giving them more insight and potential input into the development of the Tizen Operating System (OS).

“The Tizen OS is attracting support from all segments of the connected device ecosystem, with manufacturers, operators, developers and ISVs joining to add their voice and expertise to the development of this open and collaborative platform,” said Ryoichi Sugimura, a Tizen Association Board Member from NTT DOCOMO. “One of the biggest benefits of Tizen to partners is the absence of application or feature mandates, allowing the OS to be customized based on what it is best for the end customer. This allows operators and some device manufacturers to select the provider of features and services that makes the most sense given the type of device, the location of the customer and the most popular use cases for that device. By democratizing this portion of the product development, Tizen is driving increased innovation and competition in the industry.”

The 36 new members, alphabetically, are:

11 Bit Studios
ACCESS
appbackr
AppCarousel
ArtSpark Holdings
Celsys Inc.
Citymaps
Crucial Tec
eBay
F@N Communications
Goo Technologies
HERE, a Nokia business
HI Corporation
Igalia S.L.
KeyPoint Technologies
KONAMI
Konantech
McAfee
Mobica
Monotype Imaging Inc.
Mutecsoft
Neos Corporation
NTT Data MSE
OpenMobile
Panasonic
PCPhase
Quixey
Reaktor Fusion
Sharp
Symphony Teleca
Systena
The Weather Channel
Tieto
TrendMicro
TuneIn Radio
YoYo Games

“The Tizen OS promises to be the most open and comprehensive software platform available for those companies wishing to target the consumers of connected devices,” said Trevor Cornwell, Founder and CEO, appbackr inc., a Tizen Association Partner. “The Association’s commitment to support HTML5 applications, combined with their vision that extends beyond the smartphone and tablet ecosystem to a wider array of other connected device segments, makes it attractive to all types of companies. We look forward to collaborating with the Tizen Association to ensure that all stakeholders can contribute to the development of a platform for this growing market opportunity.”

Other companies interested in joining the Tizen Association Partner Program can visit www.tizenassociation.org. New partners are approved on a rolling basis and the Association welcomes all applications.

Follow Tizen:
Website: www.tizenassociation.org
Twitter: @tizenassn
Facebook: www.facebook.com/tizenproject

About Tizen
Tizen is an open source project managed by the Linux Foundation. The goal of the project is to build and support a cross-architecture, open source software platform that spans across multiple device segments, including smartphone, tablet, Smart TV, appliances, netbook and in-vehicle infotainment systems. The Tizen Association is an industry consortium of operators, device manufacturers and their suppliers, independent software developers and mobile application developers. For more information on the Tizen Project, please visit www.tizen.org. For more information on the Tizen Association, please visit www.tizenassociation.org.

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