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Is Samsung Having Second Thoughts About Merging Bada & Tizen?

by Killian Bell | January 19, 2012January 19, 2012 11:30 pm PDT

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Earlier this week, it was revealed that Samsung has plans to merge its homegrown bada platform with the open-source Tizen operating system that it has been working on with Intel. Samsung’s Senior Vice President of the Contents Planning Team, Tae-Jin Kang, mentioned the plans to Forbes during a private interview at CES in Las Vegas last week.

However, it seems the Korean company may be having second thoughts (or Kang revealed plans he wasn’t supposed to). In a statement issued to All Things D, Samsung insists that it is yet to make a “firm decision” on the merger, but does confirm that it is an option:

“Samsung and other members of Tizen Association have not made a firm decision regarding the merge of bada and Tizen,” Samsung said in a statement. “We are carefully looking at it as an option to make the platforms serve better for customers. As Samsung’s essential part of multi-platform portfolio, bada will continue to play an important role in democratizing smartphone experience in all markets. Samsung will also support open source based development and continue to work together with other industry stakeholders.”

What this says about the Tizen smartphones that were rumored to be launching this year is unclear, but it could be that those devices may not appear after all. Though the company does promise that it will continue to work on “open source based development,” that doesn’t confirm that the Tizen platform will feature on a future Samsung smartphone.

The Verge suspects that Samsung may be taking a step back to try and establish whether the merger would really be in anyone’s best interests. After all, Tizen itself is the result of a merger between Nokia’s MeeGo platform and Intel’s Moblin OS, neither of which were all that popular.

Will you be disappointed if Samsung’s merger doesn’t go ahead, or are you already satisfied with its offering of Android and bada devices?

[via The Verge]


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...

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