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February 27, 2013

Samsung to merge Bada and Tizen

Looks like Bada is nearing the end of its road as Samsung recently announced that they will be merging their home-grown platform with Tizen, an open source, Linux-based platform currently spearheaded by Intel and Samsung.

Though Bada isn’t exactly a popular choice in the local scene, it once held 2% of the global market share during its prime, making it a viable investment for the South Korean company. However, as competition became fierce in the market where Bada phones are retailed, it only seems logical for Sammy to utilize some of their platform’s features, integrate it with Tizen, before abandoning it for good.

bada + tizen

It is said that developers will be provided with the same SDKs and APIs, allowing them to easily create apps for Tizen. Moreover, the use of the same software tools will allow Tizen to be backwards-compatible with apps that were written for Bada.

Samsung didn’t mention when their target date of completion is. However, it’s been speculated that they, together with Intel, will release a couple of Tizen-powered handsets later this year. It’s going to be interesting to see how this will all pan out and how it’ll fare against other newcomers such as Firefox OS and Sailfish OS. Any thoughts on this, folks?

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5 Responses to “Samsung to merge Bada and Tizen”

  1. itachi1 says:

    Many of my friends have moved on from their Wave smartphones to their iPhones, Galaxies and Blackberries. IMO, it’s high time to retire this OS but looks like Samsung took an extra step and merge it with Tizen. With Google being concerned over Samsung’s share in Android, this is a good backup plan in case worse things happen.

  2. WOOHOO says:

    This news is so last year. You’re kinda late Yugatech…

  3. estor says:

    If one digs a little more deeper, this isn’t a merging at all. It’s all Bada reboot w/ very few tizen parts.

  4. waveuser says:

    i had a bada smartphone 3 years ago. i used for 5 days only because it was snatched. if samsung is really magaling then build their own OS like APPLE -iOS and BlackBerry – BlackBerry OS.

  5. jm says:

    samsung bada os has just been discontinued…it’s dead….

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This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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