Samsung has been double-dipping in mobile operating systems for quite some time now. In addition to using existing platforms like Android and Windows Phone, Samsung has also helped develop mobile operating systems of its own. Currently, Samsung is in charge of development for both the Bada and Tizen operating systems. This a rather interesting strategy by Samsung, as it doesn’t seem like there is enough room in the market for several alternative operating systems.
Samsung aims to fix this. The company has already been developing the Bada operating system for quite some time now, an independent operating system available only on Samsung devices. Bada has many similarities to Android when it comes to appearance and functionality, but up until now nobody really knew where Samsung was headed with it, especially considering the report questioning Samsung’s commitment to the OS.
In addition to Bada, Samsung and Intel have actually been developing another alternative operating system referred to as Tizen. Tizen is actually backed by a lot of companies due to the open-source nature of the OS. It is based on the Linux kernel and receives support from the Linux Foundation in addition to companies like Panasonic, Huawei, Orange, Sprint, and others. Tizen is actually expected to be released on major Samsung phones to serve as an alternative to Android. This is rather peculiar seeing as there isn’t really a clear differentiation between what the two operating systems can actually do.
While it has been rumored that Samsung would be merging these two services for quite some time now, it seems that it could finally be happening.
Samsung now plans to merge them in an attempt to simplify the two experiences. While this decision makes sense, it is kind of odd seeing as the two operating systems are developed somewhat differently. Tizen primarily uses HTML5, while Bada is based primarily on Samsung’s Touchwiz interface using C++. This move does in fact shed some light onto Samsung’s future plans. It is clear that the Korean company wants to have its own operating system but it also means that it doesn’t want to take the time and energy to develop two completely different experiences when they are both trying to accomplish the same goal.
In fact, Shin Jong-Kyun has recently made some comments on this exact issue. At the launch event of the Galaxy Note 2 in Korea, he actually confirmed that merging these two experiences is being planned by Samsung. In addition, he also wanted to make it clear that Bada development would continue to support previously released devices.
While it is great that Samsung is plunging deeper into the realm of open-source operating systems, why is it that the company wishes to be less dependent on Android? It seems rather silly due to the fact that Android is what made Smasung one of the largest smartphone manufacturers in the world.