Samsung to open-source bada in 2012?

Samsung to open-source bada in 2012?
Samsung is planning to open source its bada operating system next year to a wide circle making it possible for outside developers and other phone makers to use the code, a report by the Wall Street Journal quotes “a person familiar with the situation.” The move will supposedly both attract more people to the operating system and thus prevent Samsung from a heavy reliance on Google’s Android platform.

At the same time, the Korean company isn’t interested in buying new software assets like webOS, but will instead focus on pushing its own products. The move comes nearly right after Google announced it’s buying Motorola Mobility in a huge $12.5 billion deal. The search company has said it doesn’t plan to give Moto special privileges when it comes to Android, but Korean phone makers seem to have already taken precautionary steps.

Back to bada going open source, it’s easy to draw analogies with Symbian. Nokia open sourced its platform in 2008, but that didn’t save the platform. There’s a couple of reasons for that - beginning with the fact that Nokia didn’t actually publish the code for a year and ending with the fact that open sourcing usually works well with intriguing new projects to push momentum, something that Symbian was not. With bada the case is slightly different - the platform is relatively young and given the right incentives by Samsung and swift release of the code, the platform might still ride the momentum as some devs grow skeptical of a possibly Motorola-favoring Google and closed iOS.

Only time will tell the fate of bada, but what are your expectations about the platform going open source? Feel free to share with us in the comments below.

source: Wall Street Journal (subscription required)



5. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

It is a mobile smart phone operating system developed by Samsung. It is quite new , the Samsung Wave series are the only smart phones to use it right now, you can look it up on Wikipedia or something...

6. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

bada is as said a smartphone operating system made by samsung. At the moment you can only buy Samsung phones with bada. There are about 6500 apps for bada at the moment. bada has more fucntions and personalization opitions than both WP7 and IOS. bada is also much faster than Android, so i really recomend you to have a look at it.

51. Yeeee

Posts: 190; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

It also looks like how android did 2 years ago and none of the phones have a dual core or 4g. It is terrible really. Look at android and ios, then bada.

2. dj unregistered

Peter is on cloud 9 :)

3. adarsh.kl

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

What say Peter.?? He is the best person to answer. :)

4. antifanboy unregistered

would be a good step, but i think it won't help bada that much. most devs and hacker would never touch a bada phone. bada aims people between 10 and 20 that don't need apps or good functionality. take a look on xda. people are focused on porting android or hacking samsungs promissed social hub premium which they never delivered in most countries. even the windows phone 7 forums are much more atcive and successful although it isn't open source.

7. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

bada is a smartphone platform and there are already lots of apps for bada. And bada is a young operating system and it already has more functions than both IOS and WP7.

9. antifanboy unregistered

please stop telling the same lies over and over again. both facts( bada aims users betwenn 10 and 20, and it is a platform from users that don't need apps) come directly from samsung employees. it's true bada has some apps, but the development is pretty poor. here you see some stats of an appstore that is even younger than bada os. almost thousand apps in the last two weeks.

20. kainy

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 10, 2011

Why the hell are you comparing Bada with WP and iOS? Am I the only one who can't find the link between them? It's like comparing Symbian to WP or iOS .. thats stupid. You must compare a highly customizable operating system with such ... so compare it to Android. Just stop spitting around that iOS and WP are dumb OSes cuz you say so ... the philosophies of iOS and WP are worlds apart from the philosophies of Android and Bada. So they are not comparable. You have to compare only WP with iOS and Android with Bada. The wars between Android and iOS are purely because of the marketshare everyone knows that on Android you can download torrents and execute .exe files and you can't do it, and wont do it on iOS or WP. And everybody knows that nor Android, nor Bada is or will be as fast, fluid or eye pleasing as iOS or WP. So different philosophies that are not comparable ... дЪЪ

21. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

One correction here "ndroid, nor Bada is or will be as fast, fluid or eye pleasing as iOS or WP" that's not true. bada is just as fast as Wp7 and IOS, but with much more functions and personalization options than WP7 or IOS. that is one reason i'm saying bada is such a good OS. And to me, bada is much more eye pleasing than WP7. When it comes to IOS, i'd say that bada ans IOs both have a beutifull UI.

26. antifanboy unregistered

ui (launcher ) is a matter of taste. you are right, not everyone likes the lookings of wp7 (i do), but there will be more as soon as windows8 tablets are released. but it'strue bada is slow. damn slow. the ui menu is very fluid, especially when you haven't installed many apps. but the apps are really slow. compare facebook app with ios, android, and wp7 (i have all three, iOS and wp7 are the best versions, androids one is good but a bit buggy sometimes). the app is ectremly slow and buggy and it looks like 2008 apps. even bada 2.0 facebook looks like a slow copy iOS one. than compare the webbrowser. slow, slower, bada. take a look at games, many of them are buggy on bada, or are lagging much more than on comparable android devices. take a look on office apps, there is just one, it is pricy and totally slow. and it's hard to find messengers on bada. but the existant ones are slow and buggy. i hope chaton will be much better. only thing working very well is multimedia. it plays almost everything pretty good.

58. kainy

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 10, 2011

Well ... no ... Bada is not that fast ... or you are blind or smth?! Show me comperison in the UI that shows how fast is Bada comparing to whatever WP device you want, as I recall you talked that you have almost every phone on the market ... so you can make a video? Please make it and make me feel sorry for my comment right now or you cant?

42. sdfsd unregistered

hahaha, babadog.A transition from iSheep

62. badabing unregistered

Apps give you function. How can bada have more functions and personalization options when it doesn't even have 1/10 the apps ios or android does or 1/5 if you want to talk about wp7? Last I saw bada has 6500 apps. That is nothing.

8. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

this is good news. This shows that Samsung is really pushing bada now, and working on bada. Now this really is a confirmation of what i guessed the reason Samsung hired Steve Kondik (cyanogen). He is working on bada...

11. antifanboy unregistered

i'm pretty sure he never will touch bada. he was hired to deliver the best android experience and to be able to update android faster than it's competiters like htc, sony, and lg. there are rumours touchwiz5 will be shrinked and kept neer to android oringinal to make it easier to update the firmwares. that's what he does i guess. but we will see...

15. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Who thinks that Samsung will spend lots of money to hir Steve kondik just to work on Android, a Os that is not even their own ??? That just doesn't make sense.

18. antifanboy unregistered

please reread my post slowly

39. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I do. His specialty is hacking and optimizing android. He and his team are a king in that field. Why would you take an exceptional talent like that and throw him to a minor leagues OS with little chance of becoming mainstream? He practically started the hacking movement on Android.... and he sure as heck mainstreamed it. He is not working on bada.. lol. Whatever Cyanogen is working on, i want to get my hands on it. And i guarantee you i wouldnt be putting my hands on a bada phone to get it.

41. jenulad

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Currently Bada is not on Linux kernel, Samsung is working to make bada on linux kernel. And i heard this guy is working on that project

46. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

What makes you think Steve Kondik is not working on bada ? Do you really think Samsung is hiring this guy and paying him lots of money to develop Android, a Os that is not even yours ? Imagine if Mcdonalds hired a Hamburger expert to design the yummiest hamburger you have ever tasted for Burger king, how crazy is that ???!!! So from what i'm reading, even if Steve Kondik is working with bada, you still would not want it ? Just shows how much of a Android fanboy you are !

47. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i only go up in amenities.. not down, peter. :)

16. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

I love how Phonarena is coming with so many bada articles : D

23. THE_GAME unregistered

Come on Phonearena, stop publishing such articles....... These make Peter wet his pants.....and can cause a shortage of underpants in Sweden........ It may cause national emergency, guys.......u know what i mean ........ hmmm....

25. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

No thanks, keep the bada articles comin !

29. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

I just realized what is going to happen Samsung is makin bada open source. All developers will like that + now other manufacturers like HTC, LG and sony ericssn can use bada. SAmsung has hired steve kondik to work on bada, since he is an expert at linux and open source. Samsungs main OS will of course be bada. It is becoming very clear now.

31. Mercenary unregistered

Wow...really??i mean htc.lg and SE gonna use bada?thanks god u didn't say apple and nokia! android is much better than can u tel me why htc gonna use this OS??and i see that bada is a copy from android and nothing new in it..and even samsung doesn't use this OS for it's phones except wave series.

34. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

The reason HTC LG and SE might use bada is because of Google buying Motorola. when Google buys Motorola, they will start making their own phones, and create a Android Google monopoly, which is way the other manufacturers will be looking to use another OS. When it comes to bada, it is has more functions and personalization settings than IOS and WP7, and it is faster and has a better UI than Android.

38. Mercenary unregistered

i don't think that google will do that..i mean just motorola will have android..and can u tell me how u find bada better and faster than other OS's?give me a link of a comparison between android and bada showing that bada has better ui and faster!! look ..i love apple.but that doesn't mean that i must hate the r u..if u love's ok..but u must realize that bada is for mid-range phones and other OS's is much better.

40. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its the SAME UI AS ANY SAMSUNG ANDROID.. lololololol.. your a nutter peter. :) i see you put on that tinfoil hat for the last few posts.

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