Urban Airship Takes the Stage at the Tizen Developer Conference

Today Urban Airship is delivering a technical session at the Tizen Developer Conference to offer a demo and code-level preview of the upcoming Urban Airship library for Tizen and how the Helium push notification infrastructure will integrate to offer app developers a real-time messaging system.

Tizen is an open source, standards-based software platform supported by leading mobile operators, device manufacturers, and silicon suppliers. The Tizen SDK and API will allow developers to use web run-time and related web technologies to write applications that run across multiple device segments, including smartphone, tablet, smart TV and in-vehicle infotainment.

Push notifications on Tizen are powered by an open-source OS-level push daemon that manages state, user preferences, notification display, power consumption and network access. This daemon allows applications to register for notifications and associate tags or an alias with the device. It also offers an API that will allow developers to specify sounds and use icon badges and other notification types offered by the device.

The Urban Airship library will provide JavaScript hooks into the native push daemon along with drop-in web run-time sample user interface code that developers can integrate into their apps. The library will simplify the integration process and offer additional features that will allow developers to track app opens, time in app, push conversions, opt-in rates and ultimately the impact push notifications have on their users’ engagement.

Screenshots of Urban Airship’s Tizen phone demo including the lock screen, notification center and notification menu

Having delivered 20B push messages to mostly iOS and Android devices, we’ve seen the tremendous lift in app retention and engagement that push messaging delivers and are very excited to bring this functionality to a broader range of devices and consumers. Developers will leverage these real-time alerts to deliver the right information at the right time on the right device to their users.

It’s entirely possible that in the future your refrigerator may message your car’s heads-up display as you approach the grocery store with items you are running low on, which would then be transferred to your smartphone as you pull into the parking lot and turn off your car.