To reel in developers for the new Tizen mobile platform, Intel and Samsung are providing $4.04 million in rewards to developers who contribute to the project via the Tizen App Challenge.
Previously it was rumored that the Tizen project was actually dead. The Tizen project itself resides within the Linux Foundation, and is governed by Intel and Samsung. However the chip giant recently stepped forward and dismissed the rumor, reporting that the Tizen 2.2 Beta SDK was just released. The new App Challenge also seemingly solidifies Tizen's position as a potential, upcoming threat to Android and Firefox OS.
According to the new App Challenge, Samsung and Intel will dish out fifty-four prizes among nine categories, with the grand prize being $200,000 (one per gaming category), $100,000 for the runner up (two per gaming category) and $40,000 for honorable mentions (three per gaming category). Obviously the Tizen Foundation is wanting Tizen loaded up with plenty of games to compete with Android and iOS when it eventually launches later this year.
The rewards for non-gaming developers aren't quite so robust. The grand prize winner will land $120,000 (one per category), whereas the runner up will receive $60,000 (two per category) and honorable mention will bring in $30,000 to the developer (three per category). These apps will cover productivity, social networking, reference, entertainment, news, navigation and so on.
Tizen is an open source, standards-based software platform supported by leading mobile operators, device manufacturers, and chip suppliers. It's slated to be used on multiple form factors including smartphones, tablets, netbooks, in-vehicle infotainment devices, and smart TVs. It consists of the Web framework (APIs), native framework (APIs), and core system.
Tizen will make an appearance next week during SenchaCon 2013 in Orlando, Florida. This is a three-day technical conference for the HTML5 developer community, and will include an in-depth, hands-on overview of Tizen architecture, tools and APIs. This Tizen hands-on will be on July 16 only, so developers need to reserve a slot here.
As for the Tizen App Challenge, this will be open through November 1, 2013. For more information and to register, head here. As for when actual Tizen devices will launch, that's unknown at this point, but Samsung will reportedly launch multiple solutions later this year.