KOREAN GADGET MAKER Samsung will merge its home grown Bada operating system (OS) with Intel's open source Tizen, a rebranding of Meego, as it seeks an alternative to Android.
According to Reuters, Samsung confirmed the move today, which had been revealed by SVP Kang Tae-jin in a Forbes magazine interview last week.
We have contacted Samsung for comment and will update when we hear back.
In September of last year the Limo Foundation and the Linux Foundation, of which the former is backed by Samsung and the latter by Intel, agreed to jointly develop the merged smartphone OS Tizen. They did this by combining the Limo and Meego operating systems.
Tizen is an open-source, standards-based, cross-architecture OS that is due for launch in the first quarter of 2012. It supports multiple types of devices including smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, netbooks and in-vehicle infotainment systems.
Tizen application programming interfaces are based on HTML5 and other web standards, and the vast majority of the Tizen applications development efforts will be based on these standards.
The Linux Foundation hosts the project, where Tizen development is led by a technical steering team staffed jointly by Intel and Samsung.
Samsung said it hadn’t decided whether Bada and Tizen would merge. A spokeswoman said, “Samsung and other members of Tizen Association have not made a firm decision regarding the merger of bada and Tizen. 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.” µ