Samsung has announced its plans to merge its own bada smartphone operating system with the open-source Tizen platform that the Korean company has recently been working on with Intel. The Linux core of the two platforms will be matched so that the Tizen OS is capable of running bada applications, and vice versa.
Samsung’s Senior Vice President of the Contents Planning Team, Tae-Jin Kang, revealed the company’s plans in an interview with Forbes during CES in Las Vegas last week, when he said, “We have an effort that will merge bada and Tizen.”
Samsung has promised that its new operating system will bring together both bada and Tizen applications and developers, and that future Tizen devices will support software created with the bada SDK, without requiring prior modification. It also confirmed bada and Tizen developers will use the same APIs and SDK moving forward, meaning the software you’ve grown to love won’t disappear when you bag one of the new devices.
That means you can purchase a bada-powered device today, and transfer all of your applications over to a Tizen-powered handset when that launch later this year.
But while the two platforms will become good friends, they will not become one. It seems the company is planning to use the bada platform for entry-level devices — most likely equipped with single-core processors — and the Tizen operating system for more advanced handsets. The latter could also make its way onto other devices, such as tablets, but Samsung was quick to stress that the company doesn’t currently have plans for that at this time.
Samsung is yet to announce a launch date for its merger, but it has confirmed that “at least two” Tizen-powered devices will enter the market during 2012.
I think Samsung’s plan is terrific for existing bada users who are hoping to upgrade to a Tizen-powered device this year, but I’m not sure I like the idea of two different operating systems. I’d much prefer one that powers a whole range of devices — similar to Android.
Are you looking forward to Samsung’s Tizen devices?