Samsung is working on merging its "bada" smartphone
operating system with Tizen, an operating system
project the company is conducting with Intel.
"We have an effort that will merge bada and Tizen,"
said Tae-Jin Kang, Senior Vice President of Samsung's
Contents Planning Team in an interview with Forbes at
the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Kang said he
didn't know when the work would be complete but that
it was already underway.
Last September, Intel announced its involvement in the
Linux Foundation and LiMo Foundation, who plan to
, a new
Linux-based open source software platform for multiple
device categories. The two Linux groups would combine
their technologies to create a new operating software
platform for a range of mobile devices led by Intel
and Samsung. Tizen incorporates some technology from
Intel's former MeeGo project with Nokia.
When the integration is finished, Tizen will support
mobile applications written with bada's SDK. That
support will include backwards compatibility for
previously published bada apps.
Post-integration, bada and Tizen developers will be
given the same software tools (SDKs and APIs), said
Kang. The idea is that if developers know how to
program in bada, they will understand how to make
Tizen apps, too.
Samsung is currently supporting Google's Android
platform for its highest-end smartphones and tablets.
The company also produces phones that run on
Microsoft's Window Phone OS.
Samsung launched bada in 2010. In 2011, bada phones
made up about 2% of the global smartphone market -
greater than the share held by Microsoft?s Windows
Bada/Tizen could eventually power a lot of Samsung
products, but the transition will take time.