The first Tizen reference device makes its appearance on 9th of May, signifying the arrival of a possibly formidable operating system to rival iOS. That's not the first we have heard of it though; the Linux Foundation and the LiMo Foundation had announced the launch of Tizen in September 2011 as a new Linux-based open source mobile OS with Intel and Samsung jointly backing the efforts in developing it.
The last we heard is that the Tizen 1.0 user interface resembles the look of Google Android OS. The reference device is said to be powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 1GB RAM, sporting an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front facing camera, 16GB storage capacity, a microUSB port, Wi-Fi connectivity and GPS. The Handheld Blog now reports that the OS can support programs written with Samsung’s Bada SDK, and Android applications via a program called Application Compatibility Layer (ACL), the latter feature somewhat similar to RIM's Android player for the BlackBerry Playbook.
BGR - Open Mobile, the company behind ACL, claims Android apps will be able to run on a Tizen-powered device with 100% compatibility and feature the same responsiveness users would expect on a native Android device. The company hopes that the program will be integrated into smartphones and tablets by vendors and not end users.
Check out the video below for a good look at Android apps running on the Tizen platform: