Samsung to merge its “bada” smartphone operating system with Tizen, an open source 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 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Kang said he didn’t know when the work would be complete but that it was already underway.
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.
[advt]Post-integration, bada and Tizen developers will be given the same software tools (SDKs and APIs). The idea is that if developers know how to program in bada, they will understand how to make Tizen apps, too.
Samsung supports at least four mobile operating systems and has at least two different TV operating systems. Samsung uses Google‘s Android platform for its highest-end smartphones and tablets. Samsung also produces several phones that run on Microsoft‘s Window Phone OS.
The Tizen project, which incorporates some technology from Intel’s former MeeGo project with Nokia, kicked off in Sept. 2011.