At MapBox we’re getting ready for the release of Tizen,
an open source operating system jointly designed by Samsung and Intel.
Since Apple introduced iPhone and iOS in 2007, mobile devices and mobile
maps have become a very important corner of technology. An expanding
audience uses maps primarily through apps like
and Yelp, and they interact with them in natural, gesture-based interfaces.
That’s why we’re excited by a new group of operating systems, including
Tizen, Firefox OS, and Ubuntu for phones,
that will change the mobile ecosystem.
Tizen aims to be a great platform for apps based on web standards like
Chrome and Safari, is already performing very well on
basic tests of HTML5 compatibility - meaning that it will work well with
mobile code that already supports MapBox, including MapBox.js
If these results continue, Tizen will do better than Android with complex
parts of mobile web maps, like touch events and
CSS transforms for performance.
Along with providing integration via HTML5 for Tizen, we’re also stepping up
compatibility with the MapBox iOS SDK,
new integration points with PhoneGap, and many community-supported
implementations of MBTiles,
the popular offline map technology.
We’re excited to see another great shift in technology for 2013. With an
open platform and strong integration points, we aim to guarantee that
MapBox can work on many devices and many systems, from established choices
to promising new options like Tizen.