Samsung scraps Bada OS, folds it into Tizen

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Samsung Electronics will sunset its Bada mobile operating system, merging it into the Linux-based Tizen software platform.

Hong Won-pyo, president of Samsung's Media Solutions Center, told Yonhap the manufacturer will combine Bada and Tizen after its first Tizen-based devices reach retail later this year. In a statement emailed to Bloomberg Businessweek last month, Samsung confirmed it will release "new, competitive Tizen devices within this year," but has not yet announced details like timing and pricing.

Hong said Samsung's Tizen phones will be designed to run apps originally written for Bada, but added that it will not be possible to upgrade Bada devices to Tizen. "Rather than seeing this as a straightforward merger, it's better to view it as a transition to a better service," Hong said.

Samsung introduced Bada in late 2009, targeting Europe and emerging markets. The manufacturer has not introduced a Bada device designed for the U.S. market. In January 2012, Samsung Senior Vice President Tae-Jin Kang told Forbes the company had begun efforts to integrate the OS with Tizen, adding that moving forward, it would offer Bada and Tizen developers the same SDKs and APIs. Days later, Samsung changed its tune, stating it was considering a merger of the two operating systems but that it had not yet reached an official decision.

Targeting multiple device categories including smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, netbooks and in-vehicle infotainment systems, Tizen combines open-source technologies with a standards-based HTML5 development environment, enabling the creation of device-independent, cross-platform mobile applications. The Linux Foundation hosts the Tizen platform, and Samsung and Intel head the technical steering committee developing the OS.

Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) has said it will support Tizen as well as Mozilla's open-source Firefox mobile OS. "The reason we are excited about supporting those platforms is that we think that these platforms are driving an agenda around HTML5. We wanted to have involvement in it. We want to be completely aware of what HTML5 means for mobile devices," Fared Adib, Sprint's senior vice president of product development and operations, told FierceMobileContent in October. "We are waiting to see how mature these platforms are going to be before we agree to deliver products with manufacturing partners on those platforms."

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