Tizen Developers Can Build Apps with Visual Studio in C# Now
Multiple OEMs are working on secondary mobile platforms as a backup plan in case they are unhappy with the direction Google takes Android. We’ve watched Samsung develop their own open source Tizen platform for a while now, and Huawei has confirmed they are doing something similar as well. To help improve the platform, Samsung has been focusing on getting as many developers on board with Tizen as they can.
We’ve seen this with various app challenges that Samsung has hosted, and now they are teaming up with Microsoft to make it easier for even more developers to jump on board. This week, Samsung officially announced a partnership with Microsoft that would allow Visual Studio developers the ability to create Tizen applications using C#. Samsung says Tizen is currently running on 50 million Samsung devices, so it’s not a bad deal for developers who like to code in C# with Visual Studio.
This announcement comes with the release of a preview for Visual Studio Tools for Tizen. This preview will support mobile applications development thanks to device emulators, along with an extension to Visual Studio that includes both full IntelliSense and debugging capabilities. Samsung says that Tizen’s .NET support will officially be released on their own devices sometime in 2017. Sadly, there’s not an exact date for this release at this time.
Using this preview software, Visual Studio developers can start to build their applications for a wide range of devices including Smart TVs, wearables, smartphones, and IoT devices. Samsung is sure to remind us that the source code will also be contributed to the Tizen and .NET open source projects. They actually joined the .NET Foundation Technical Steering Group back in June of this year. Since then, they have been contributing ARM support to .NET Core to get us to where we are today.Source: Samsung Newsroom