At Connect() in November 2016, Samsung and Microsoft announced a collaboration to build .NET support for Tizen, along with a preview of Visual Studio Tools for Tizen—now today Feburary 1, a second preview of the tool with significant update is released.
If you're new, "Tizen is a Linux-based open source OS running on over 50 million Samsung devices including TVs, wearables, and mobile phones."
Below is a highlight of some key new features included in this release:
- TV application development using same APIs, such as .NET Standard and Xamarin.Forms is added to second preview. The first preview only supported mobile application. Samsung Tizen TVs will begin shipping with .NET support once Visual Studio Tools for Tizen is officially released later this year.
- Project wizard helps you to select from a number of different options available to build application with step-by-step guides. "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."
- New Tizen-specific tools to further improve productivity including "a certificate manager, emulator manager, emulator control panel, and manifest editor" are added as well.
- More Tizen platform-specific APIs for .NET developers with key additions such as "Bluetooth, Smart Card, NFC, Map, Wi-Fi Direct, Telephony, Geofence Manager, and Account Service."