Back in November last year, Samsung joined forces with Microsoft to work on open source projects such as .NET Core and Xamarin.Forms to create a tool for building Tizen applications. With that came the Visual Studio Tools for Tizen thus enabling C# developers to easily create Tizen applications for smartphones, TVs, wearables,etc. Ever since then, Samsung has been regularly releasing Developer Preview version of .NET support. The latest, fourth installment of the developer preview of Tizen .NET Visual Studio Tools was released yesterday which brings in new features while fixing some of the existing problems from the previous Preview build.
Some of the notable new features brought with this build that is based on the Tizen 4.0 first milestone release are-
- Support for .NET Core 2.0 Preview 1: The fourth preview is aligned with .NET Core 2.0 Preview 1 supporting .NET Standard 2.0.
- More emulator support: You can run Tizen .NET applications on the emulator without needing an actual target device. With the new release, more emulators are supported, such as x64 TV, x64 Mobile, and x86 TV.
- More Tizen platform-specific APIs: The fourth preview added a number of Tizen-specific APIs for IoT connectivity and voice control.
With the availability of more emulators with this preview, we can expect more apps from developers for more Tizen devices. The official release of Tizen.NET is scheduled for the end of 2017 when the second milestone release of Tizen 4.0 takes place. Moreover the first Tizen devices with .NET capabilities can be expected at around the same time.