In a surprise twist of events, Samsung will merge its homegrown mobile operating system (OS), bada with the Linux-based Tizen.
According to Forbes, Tae-Jin Kang, the Senior Vice President of Samsung's Contents Planning Team, revealed the company's plans during an interview at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 last week. While work is already underway to merge both platforms, Kang cautioned that the transition will take time.
Plans for the future integrated software product are sketchy at the moment although Kang said that Samsung will be releasing "at least one to two" devices running on Tizen this year. Current bada apps will also be backward compatible and Samsung pledges continuing support for apps written using the bada SDK.
Since its launch in 2010, the bada OS has been deployed in a number of Samsung devices such as the Wave S8500 and the S8530 Wave II. Although the mobile OS is not as popular as Apple iOS or Google Android, bada shows great potential with its user-friendly interface. The Tizen project, on the other hand, was launched in September 2011 by the Linux Foundation as an open source mobile OS.