Tizen’s success as a viable mobile operating system depends primarily on how good its app ecosystem will come to be, and until now, we haven’t seen much that would inspire confidence in its success. WhatsApp was probably the most important release for the OS, and it seems Tizen is now in line to get native clients of three very popular apps – Facebook, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram.
An XDA user managed to discover internal test versions of all three apps on the Tizen Store. It’s not clear if these apps will be completely native or run with the help of OpenMobile’s ACL emulation technology, but either way, their release will surely go a long way in making Tizen a more interesting platform. Apparently, beta versions will be released for users willing to sideload them and help in testing, after which they would go live on the Tizen Store.
It will be very interesting to see if Facebook’s release of its popular services on Samsung’s home-grown platform will inspire other companies to take notice, but for now, those that have bought the only Tizen phone available in the market will have something exciting to look forward to in the coming days.