According to a Forbes, Samsung is looking to merge functionalities of Bada OS with Intel-backed Tizen, supposedly the next release version of MeeGo. The former Intel Moblin and Nokia Maemo projects were based on a Linux core.
The story of MeeGo as a product between joint venture of Nokia and Intel and the followed failure or amusing story is well known to everyone. MeeGo never got transformed into any meaningful product, with the exception of MeeGo-based Nokia N9.
Samsung’s Bada has enjoyed some moderate success and is installed on 2% of all smartphones worldwide, even more than Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7. This is notably due to the lower cost of Bada devices which are mostly sold in emerging markets. Bada OS enjoys the backing of Samsung on a long-term, but as of current scenario, it positions bada as an operating system between smartphone and dumb phones.
Upon merging, existing applications written for Bada will continue to work with the new Tizen, and both Bada and Tizen developers will receive the same set of new SDKs with unified APIs. But apart from backwards-compatibility for apps, it’s not known of the hardware capability. We are sure that addition of more capability will require a boost in hardware specifications.
Bada OS was just stuck with not much development happening on its side, and it definitely needed a boost to make it an attractive offering to consumers. This move certainly shows Samsung’s desire to have its own smartphone OS on the long run. This makes them little independent from Google run Android OS and Google buying Motorola was received with speculation from many. Microsoft developed Windows Phone is known to favor Nokia and in the long-term, Samsung needs little independency from these factors.
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