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Sprint announced today that it's joining the Tizen Association, a group focused on both the marketing and education of the Tizen platform in the industry and helping to develop its presence in the market. The carrier also revealed that Fared Adib, vice president of product development at Sprint, will be joining the Tizen board of directors. Sprint is the first North American carrier to join the Tizen Association, which NTT DOCOMO, Orange, SK telecom, Telefónica and Vodafone are also members of. 

Tizen is an open source, standard-based platform that's backed by Samsung and Intel and recently hit version 1.0, referred to as "Larkspur." The platform is capable of working on several devices, smartphones and tablets includes, but so far we've yet to actually see a Tizen-powered product come to market. Still, it's interesting to see Sprint becoming part of the Tizen Association, and I'm sure that the group is glad to have the Now Network and Fared Adib as partners. Sprint's announcement of today's news is available below.

Sprint Joins The Tizen Association
Sprint is first North American carrier to join the Tizen Association; Fared Adib, Sprint vice president of product, to serve on Tizen board of directors

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), May 07, 2012 - Sprint (NYSE: S) announced today that it is joining the Tizen Association and that Fared Adib, vice president-Product, is joining the Tizen board of directors. Sprint is the first North American carrier to be a part of the Tizen Association. Sprint joins many of the world’s leading carriers in the Tizen Association, including NTT DOCOMO, Orange, SK telecom, Telefónica and Vodafone.

Sprint continues to support an open mobile ecosystem that enables choice for Sprint customers, and Tizen provides another open and flexible environment for developers to create innovative applications for end users. The Tizen software development kit (SDK) and application programming interface (API) allow developers to use HTML5 and related Web technologies to write applications that run across multiple device categories, such as smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, netbooks and in-vehicle infotainment devices.

For additional information on the Tizen Association, visit www.tizenassociation.org, and for more information on the Tizen Project, please see www.tizen.org.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 56 million customers at the end of the first quarter of 2012 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in its 2011 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.


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