Tizen caught on camera running Android apps

Tizen caught on camera running Android apps
Recently, we've been seeing more and more of Tizen, the open-source mobile platform under development by Samsung and Intel, and the early indications are that it could be a nice system. Now, we're getting to see it running apps, Android apps in fact. Unfortunately, this video isn't quite as impressive as the others we've seen. 

The video shows a Tizen tablet running Android apps. This can't be done natively, but the company Open Mobile is working on a solution called the Application Compatibility Layer (ACL), which is intended to run Android apps as if they were native. As you can see in the video, the solution isn't 100% just yet as there is some lag and jitters in running the apps. Of course, this is a very early build of both the Tizen system, which isn't due to hit the open market until next year, and Open Mobile's ACL software so a lack of polish can be forgiven. 

Open Mobile is not planning to release ACL to end-users, and the software is designed so manufacturers can choose whether or not to include it when building Tizen devices. Of course, in the world of open-source, it seems likely that if you really want the ACL software, there should be a way to get it. 


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15 Comments

1. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

If Tizen will end up able to run Android apps it's not gonna be so different from Android devices. In case they manage to pull this through, Tizen wouldn't have one of the major problems Windows Phone and BADA faced, which is, lack of Apps.

6. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

i'd consider it, getting really frustrated that I still don't have ICS on my sgs2 right now. DOn't know if I could give up google nav though.

15. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Give it up and get a cheap spare nokia for lifetime sat nav. :p

2. eDiesel

Posts: 142; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

My question is why create another os? Why choose this over Android?

3. buggerrer

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

why not? having options is a good thing you don't know how the final release of this OS will be or what a new function will bring :)

5. eDiesel

Posts: 142; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

Your right. If its better than android why not but we will see.

4. ph00ny

Posts: 2057; Member since: May 26, 2011

Because Google is in bed with Motorola now and HTML5 based OS isn't a bad thing

7. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1246; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

If a billion dollar company like Microsoft is having problems getting Wp7 some market share, what chance does this Tizen have?

12. adi4u4882

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

Money does not matter. Now Samsung is the King of Mobile Phones, So maybe they can pull this off to a good start.

8. MicroNokia

Posts: 15; Member since: May 18, 2012

after watching this i seriously consider facebook having a good android tablet app!!

9. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

I can not bare to look this they took Meego took out all the coolness and goodness and androinised it

10. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I don't get it. Nokia gave up meego (shame) and samsung grabbed it. Now, they introduced system which basically doesn't have its own ecosystem and use android's app. Where's the point in it? Having an android clone? What happens with this "national korean mobile system" which samsung was meant to develop? Anybody knows? Are they using bada for it or cooking tizen?

13. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Tizen will have its own ecosystem, and apps will be based in HTML5. This is just an add-on created by a third party.

14. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I wouldn't be so sure Michael. Samsung can afford supporting android, bada, korean-natiuonal system (if it works out) and tizen...really?

11. Le05K

Posts: 18; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

why not just get Android all this emulators sucks. Blackberry is doing the same thing with playbook to run android app on it but customers end up with crapdroid as it does not run all the app and has to be converted first. it is just for IT funs.

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