Samsung seeks to merge Bada mobile OS with Intel-backed Tizen

“Samsung Electronics Co said on Tuesday it planned to merge its ‘bada’ mobile software with a platform backed by chipmaker Intel Corp in its latest push to diversify away from Google’s Android,” Reuters reports.

“In September two Linux software groups, one backed by Samsung, and another by Intel, agreed to jointly develop Tizen, a new operating system for cellphones and other devices, by merging their LiMo and Meego platforms in a bid to gain wider industry and consumer support,” Reuters reports. “The open-source Tizen platform supports multiple devices including smartphones, tablets, Internet-enabled TVs, netbooks and in-vehicle infotainment systems.”

Reuters reports, “It would have to attract wide support from developers and manufacturers to compete with the dozen or so other mobile operating systems available in a smartphone market dominated by Google’s Linux-based Android and Apple’s in-house software.”

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MacDailyNews Take: ‘Tiz Bad.

(‘Tis potentially especially bad for Microsoft which is hoping for Windows Phone to become Android’s replacement after patent infringement cases conclude and royalty settlements are inked).

11 Comments

  1. Will it be as elegant and widely embraced as the desktop version of Linux? Will it have the same mature ecosystem of the desktop version?

    If that’s the case, even Microsoft should chuckle.

    1. If Tizen successfully makes a play for the embedded market (cars, TVs, other appliances, etc.) first, then that might pave the way for additional Tizen refinement leading to consumer electronics applications.

      There are a lot of ifs for Tizen. This is only an agreement – the product is still vaporware as far as I know. If Tizen truly turns out to be an open source product (and not faux open source), then that will be a significant advantage in the embedded market. Manufacturers will likely prefer an open-source OS over Apple’s iOS, because they will not want to cede control over functionality, upgrades, or profits to Apple.

    1. They are both Linux based. It really shouldn’t be too hard.

      The guys working on it live on two different continents, speak two different languages and have two different agendas.

      What could go wrong?

    2. I’m always amused when these companies think they can just bolt together their separate efforts like this, and not have it turn into a Frankenstein monster of an operating system.

  2. SmartPhone and Mobile market reminds me of how things were back in the early days of personal computers. Texas Instrument, Tandy (Radio Shack,) Atari, Commodore, IBM, Apple and others. I had a TRS Model 3 with 16K main memory and cassette tape drive. Took awhile before the market settled out. For the worse it seems. Now the outlook is better; Apple looks to win big, especially in the mobile market. 🙂

  3. Tiz the appropriate thing to do… Fail or not.

    Using Microsoft and paying royalties to use Android from Google to push Windows-late-8-cannot-innovate seems so wrong.

    One thing does bothers me, Intel dealing with Samsung selling out on Americas… a chip marker helping to create an OS?

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