Samsung are apparently working on merging bada operating system with Tizen! There was talk last year of them open sourcing Bada but that has not materialised and this seems like a much better option for Samsung. Bada is not an operating system itself. It is middleware, application framework that previously ran on Nucleus (Nucleus OS is a real-time operating system (RTOS) and toolset created by the Embedded Systems Division of Mentor Graphics). So the prediction of Bada running on Tizen has come true but the Open Source aspect has not at the moment.
“We have an effort that will merge bada and Tizen,” said Tae-Jin Kang, Senior Vice President of Samsung’s Contents Planning Team in an interview at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Kang said he didn’t know when the work would be complete but that it was already underway.
The goal is to have Tizen support mobile applications written with bada’s SDK. That support will include backwards compatibility for previously published bada apps.
Post-integration, bada and Tizen developers will be given the same software tools (SDKs and APIs), said Kang. The idea is that if developers know how to program in bada, they will understand how to make Tizen apps, too.
By merging bada and Tizen, Samsung hopes to tap into the existing bada community, including thousands of bada app developers.
Samsung is still deciding how exactly to utilize bada and Tizen in upcoming products. Kang said Bada will probably be deployed in Samsung’s lower-powered phones, such as those that run on a single-core processor. Bada could also come to non-phone devices; “We haven’t ruled that out,” Kang said. Tizen is better suited for higher-powered devices that don’t run on Android or Windows Phone, he said.
Bada/Tizen could eventually power a lot of Samsung products, but the transition will take time. Kang said Tizen will probably find its way to “at least one to two” Samsung devices this year. ”Tizen will not become Samsung’s main operating platform anytime soon,” he added.