South Korea to develop its own... smartphone OS, aims to rival iOS, Android

South Korea to develop its own... smartphone OS, aims to rival iOS, Android
Some nations have their own drinks, some stand out with their local customs, but South Korea might be the first one taking pride not only in its kimchi and K-POP, but a government sponsored mobile OS, rivaling Google’s Android platform and Apple’s iOS. The nation houses tech giants Samsung and LG, which will drive development of the new operating system. The project is expected to kick off by the end of the year.

"We will forge ahead in developing a new kind of operating system, which is being seen as a next-generation product, in order to build the kind of advantage we do not enjoy in the market for smartphones and tablet PCs, which is dominated by Google and Apple," Kim Jae-hong, deputy minister at the Ministry of Knowledge Economy announced at a press conference.

He also clarified that Google’s Motorola deal may protect Android in the short term, but he also worriedly mentioned that in the long term the search behemoth might enter the smartphone business. He admitted that the company can’t just switch an open-source system like Android to a closed one overnight.

The Korean OS will be an open project, accessible by the general community in a way similar to Android’s open source nature.

Now, what this means for the industry is not yet clear, but some revealing details from Korea have surfaced. Even though most Android phone makers greeted the Google-Motorola deal, the Korean official hinted that the actual sentiment within companies actually differs from their official statements. Samsung for once, swiftly changed its position on a jointly developed new OS from negative to positive after Google announced the Moto deal.

Could this also translate into the death of Samsung’s own bada platform in the long term? Developing two platforms at the same time seems controversial and if the Korean phone maker takes the government project seriously, the bada project might quietly fade away, but currently that's just a speculation.

Along with the upcoming smartphone platform, the a consortium of Korean companies will jointly develop an open-source cloud-based OS. Such an OS also reiterates a massive move to the cloud, shifting the focus from the narrow margins of the hardware business to the possibly wider possibility of software profits. Finally, that’s a big fat answer to other companies’ claims (cough, Apple) that Asian manufacturers don’t innovate, isn’t it? We’re yet to see the final result, though, but in the meantime you can share your expectations in the comments below.

source: Yonhap, Chosun Ilbo

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46 Comments

1. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

" the bada project might quietly fade away, but currently that's just a speculation." No, no, no, no, no, no, no !!!! This is what i've been trying to say since the day google bought moto. samsung has been hiring this cyanogenmod guy and MIUI to develop a new OS. But of course Samsung will wan't to continue with bada as well ! Or maybe, this new OS is bada, with imrpovements : D :D :D

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

wow.. poor poor peter. we tried to tell ya man. so, when do ya want the funeral service? Actually, I dont see why they cant use bada as the building blocks to something bigger. Its already a "korean OS" so to speak. Maybe it would just be too hard to shoehorn in the new coding? Nah dude, they arent going to have 3 OS divisions. They can barely support 2 as it is lol. Something has got to go, and they arent going to ditch the cash cow that is Android.

19. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

I certainly don't think that Samsung will ditch bada, they'd rather ditch Android now ofter the google moto deal. But you know what, having thought of it more actually it makes sense that bada could be the korean OS. bada is a new and modern OS, it is the only smartphone OS that Korea has. So i actually think that they might use bada as the Korean OS, and maybe rename it "Korean OS" or just keep the name bada. And improve bada to make it the korean OS. It would save them alot of programming work, and they could get the korean OS out quicker.

23. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol it makes NO sense that they would ditch android before they were forced to peter.. like 95% of their phone profits come from android phones. bada goes long before android does.. lol. reality and wishing arent always the same thing.

26. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

There is no way Samsung will ditch bada before Android now after the moto google deal . It might give Samsung more money in the short term to go for Android, but in the long term Google will start making their own hardware and then Samsung would be out of business if they decide to only push Android. NO, samsung will definitely make bada their top priority now after the Google moto deal.

34. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol, ok peter were just gonna have to agree to disagree. ill stand on my point of logic and business acumen, you stand on your love of bada. :)

47. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Actually, i'm not basing this on the point that i like bada. I'm basing this on a point of wiew as a businessman. In fact, one very good friend of mine, who's been a successfull businessman for 20 years has been following this news about the google moto deal. And he is also saying that there is a 99 % chance that google will make their own hardware, and that the other manufacturers must find other OSes, and of course for samsung that means bada.

43. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Make its simpler KOS :p

20. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Hey Peter don't get bent out of shape just yet. The Wave 3 & the new Bada are coming out. Only freak when they definitively say Bada is DEAD alongside Web OS. Who knows maybe the Cyanogen & MIUI people could be working on a new Bada OS or a BRAND NEW OS. It's still too premature to make any conclusions right now. So when the Wave 3 comes out enjoy it!

27. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

I know, Samsung will very likely not ditch bada as they have invested alot of money into it already. I'll definitely buy the wave 3, thanks : D

2. xenover

Posts: 174; Member since: May 27, 2011

Let it go Peter, let it go..

42. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

jajajjajaja peter how does it feel to be on the end of the stick... lol... jk dude but like i say if you are not Android.. you are outsider... you take no for an aswer and neither do they

3. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

Not surprised what the South Korea government can work out. South Koreans are working their hearts out to be competitive. Simply look at the car industry.

4. bad elemental unregistered

sammmy is super bad when it comes with software development. Bada itself is a proof. So this new OS not gonna affect phone market outside Korea.

11. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

What's wrong with you ??? bada is a fantastic OS, waaay better than IOS and WP7. Maybe Android has more functions than bada, but bada is faster than Android. I'm not saying that any OS is bad, but bada is definitley a very good OS

5. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Wtf is a bada? Lol

6. ryq unregistered

so much for android press release that samsung and lg are happy with their purchase of motorola. hehe!

7. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1251; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Why not buy WebOS? Could probably buy it for $100.

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

ill give ya 84.94!

21. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I will trade you the Brooklyn Bridge for it! lol

24. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

ill raise your brooklyn bridge with the golden gate and nancy pelosi... hell, ill give u 3 bridges if u just take her . :)

28. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Hey you beat me, I was going to add some cherry flavor Big League Chew with it, but I can't compete with Nancy Pelosi! lol Well maybe I can stand a chance if I add a live skunk! What do you say? Good deal huh? lol

29. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Just a quick question, who's Nancy Pelosi ? Here in Sweden i've heard of her, but who is she and what does she do ?

30. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

She is a political figure, the Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives. remixfa & I can go all day with this. I think our mutual dislike for her has no end. I would rather not talk politics & lets leave it at that! lol You know politics can get ugly!

31. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Hmm, ok. I remember watching Glenn Beck's show on Fox when i was in the UK and he talked about Nancy Pelosi all the time, but i couldn't figure out what she was doing : P

8. OnlyTheBest unregistered

Give up already! When the iPhone 5 hits the market everyone gonna want one. Why would any of you want a 4G phone when a 5G iphone is right around the corner. It's gonna blow the competition away....5G is gonna be soooooooo much faster than 4G phone. Wake up people!!

9. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Eh? There is no 5G bud at least not any time soon

10. OnlyTheBest unregistered

Its the iPhone 5!!!!!!! What don't you get!?!?!. My iPhone 4 is fast on 4G but I can't wait to get my hands on the first 5G device......not ready to wait in line for 8 hours. Hopping to luck out and pre-order one on-line some how.

12. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Brainwashed iSheep, thinking that the iphone 5 is iphone 5G ??? There is no 5G, and probably wont be here before around 2020, with capabilities to send different smells to each other : P

13. chakru unregistered

lol.. so true....

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