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Samsung merges Bada, Tizen

Posted: 20 Jan 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mobile OS? Bada? Tizen?

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd is looking into merging its "bada" mobile phone operating system with Tizen, an open-source platform that is supported by Intel Corp. The company is looking for alternative mobile phone operating systems to Google's Android for its mobile devices, according to a report by Reuters.

In a Forbes magazine interview, Samsung's senior vice president, Kang Tae-jin, has mentioned that the company was working on merging Bada and Tizen. This was also confirmed by a Samsung spokesman.

IDC analyst, Francisco Jeronimo also commented, "With a strong leadership from a major vendor such as Samsung, I think the OS may have a chance, as most vendors based on Android now are looking into an alternative to Google dependency."

Handset manufacturers have supported Android, giving the OS more than 50 percent of the market share. However, this was reduced when Google announced its plans of acquiring Motorola Mobility.

The booming demand for Android models has catapulted Samsung into the No. 1 smartphone manufacturer. The company then joined forces with Intel to further strengthen its mobile software strategy.

The open-source Tizen platform supports multiple devices including smartphones, tablets, Internet-enabled TVs, netbooks and in-vehicle infotainment systems.

Tizen has a long way to go as it has to attract the support of developers and manufacturers to compete with other mobile operating systems available in the market, which is currently dominated by Google's Android platform and Apple's in-house iOS.

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