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 foursquare 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.
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.