Last November, Samsung announced a collaboration with Microsoft on .NET open-source projects such as .NET Core and Xamarin.Forms, and released the first preview of Tizen .NET. An official version will be released in the second half of 2017.
The second preview supports TV application development in addition to the mobile support introduced in the first preview. Visual Studio Tools for Tizen has also been improved with several new features, including project creation wizards, manifest editors, emulator managers, an emulator control panel and a certificate manager.
Tizen .NET developers can now apply their skills with C#, standard APIs, Xamarin.Forms and Visual Studio to build both mobile and TV applications.
“Samsung is excited to release the second preview of Tizen .NET, and will release newer versions of previews every two months until the official version is shipped later this year,” said Hong-Seok Kim, the Vice President of Samsung Electronics’ Software R&D Center.
“We are fully committed to delighting Tizen developers with .NET.”
Key new features are as follows:
- TV application development. The first preview came with mobile application support only. With the second preview, you can now use the same familiar API, such as .NET Standard and Xamarin.Forms, to develop Tizen TV applications.
- Project wizard. Visual Studio Tools for Tizen provide a number of different options to build applications. For instance, you can build an application that runs on a single device type or an application that runs on multiple device types. You can build an application that runs on Tizen only or an application that runs on multiple platforms. The project wizard helps you to select the right project type with step-by-step guides.
- New tools. Tizen-specific tools were added to further improve your productivity including a certificate manager, emulator manager, emulator control panel, and manifest editor.
- More Tizen platform-specific API. The second preview significantly increases the number of Tizen-specific API available for .NET developers. Following packages have become newly available. F
Tizen is an open-source operating system based on Linux that is hosted by the Linux Foundation and open to all developers. The operating system powers 50 million Samsung devices, including Smart TVs, mobile phones, wearables and other IoT devices.
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