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Samsung may open-source Bada to reduce dependence on Android

updated 08:35 am EDT, Tue September 20, 2011

Samsung open-source of Bada may spark sales

Samsung is hoping to open-source its in-house Bada OS to avoid leaning too heavily on Android for its success, sources alleged early Tuesday. The OS behind the Wave 3 and its peers would be accessible to everyone in 2012 to encourage more support and make it a stronger platform. The company would also be hoping to see Bada used for Internet-aware TVs and end up competing with Google TV, WSJ's insider said.

The contact also reinforced views that Samsung didn't plan to acquire another OS, either through a buyout or a licensing deal.

While unconfirmed, the Bada step would come just as Samsung is facing mounting problems in its legal battle with Apple. It already faces a pre-trial German ban on Galaxy Tabs, a Dutch smartphone ban, and possible restrictions in Australia and the US. Samsung has its own countersuits in action but might be late in its response.

Bada phones themselves have their own similarities to the iPhone, but the OS was developed more from scratch and isn't as likely to be a target given Apple's determination to slow down Android's rapid growth. Samsung has had enough success that Bada outsells Windows Phone despite Microsoft pushing as many companies to support its own platform as possible.

by MacNN Staff



  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Will "Bada" use "Bing" as the default search engine?

  1. Tim_s

    Joined: Dec 1969



    They turned down a perfectly good OS with a thriving open source community in webOS. Just how many tech companies are run by people that don't have the first clue about how to properly run a tech company?

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969



    WebOS attracts people too cheap to buy a product at a sustainable price. The only way HP was able to sell their webPOS products is by slashing price to 20%, way below costs.

    Actually on the other hand, let samsung buy webos, maybe Samsung will have another Palm / HP moment in the near future.

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Bada outsells Windows Phone

    Re: "Samsung has had enough success that Bada outsells Windows Phone despite Microsoft pushing as many companies to support its own platform as possible."

    Wow. Ballmer has said, publicly, that "Phones, we've gone from very small to very small, but it's been a heck of a year." I guess he wasn't kidding.

  1. Tim_s

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Actually, you are mistaking Android users for webOS users in the cheap department. The reason webOS failed is hardware. Palm didn't have enough money to make competitive hardware, and HP pulled a stupid move and didn't spend any more than Palm was on hardware. Therefore, the OS didn't fail, it was the companies manufacturing the hardware that failed.

    HP was too slow to make a solid tablet and released it too early.

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