Well, we have to give it to you – there has been a certain amount of skepticism on whether the Samsung- and Intel-backed Tizen OS won't just die out
before it ever reaches any end users. With the former two reaffirming their support
, and with what Tizen now has in store for developers, it suffices to say that we're feeling much more confident about the open-source platform.
So let us get right on it – Tizen has just challenged app developers to do their thing in order to “get a head start on the next big application ecosystem”. Not enticing enough? Right, there's also this matter of the $4 million prize fund up for grabs, split into 54 prizes across 9 categories
. Games, unsurprisingly will bring home the biggest individual chunk, amounting for $1.56 million of the total cash:
This move comes as a little bit of a surprise, since the team behind Tizen hasn't really been craving too much publicity, leaving its resourceful allies to do most of the drumming. Hopefully, that's because they've been working extra-hard, for a hostile world lies out there – iOS and Android account for about 90% of the total mobile OS market, a status-quo that will be nigh impossible to disturb.
Regardless, if this challenge has you fired up, you'll have until November 1st to submit your entry. Good luck!