The Tizen Association is broadening its reach by launching a new partner program with 36 other organizations.

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Samsung and Intel have been backing Tizen from the start, and now that number will be bolstered by 36 additional organizations who are signing on as partners.

The list consists of mobile handset vendors, software vendors, game publishers and mobile carriers. Notable additions include the likes of Konami, McAfee, Panasonic, Sharp and OpenMobile.

The Tizen Association is also collaborating with connected device manufacturers in a bid to broaden the reach of Tizen. New members will be able to attend the Tizen Association meetings and provide insight into the development of Tizen. The open source Tizen operating system is now in version 3.0, which was announced earlier this week. Tizen 3.0 has the ability to use 64-bit ARM hardware, which is set to be unveiled next year.

Tizen makes it easier to code for mobile apps and services as it allows programs to be written using HTML5, CSS, and Javascript. While Tizen has been demoed on smartphones by the likes of Samsung, it has been mentioned that the software platform can be utilised on a wider array of connected devices. For instance, Tizen could be used in smart TVs, in-car entertainment systems and home automation utilities.

Ryoichi Sugimura, a Tizen Association Board Member from NTT DOCOMO, said, “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. 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.”

Samsung has mentioned that it would launch devices that run Tizen in the third quarter of 2013, and while there have been rumors of a device codenamed Redwood that was claimed to be running Tizen; there has been no official confirmation. Samsung CEO JK Shin reiterated last month that a mobile device running Tizen would launch in 2014, and has stated that the South Korean manufacturer is looking to extend the functionalities of the platform beyond smartphones, by launching TVs that run Tizen.

These are the 36 organizations that will be joining the Tizen Association:

  • 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

Source: Tizen