Samsung planning to make Bada open source

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According to recent reports, the South Korean electronics giant Samsung Electronics has planned to make its self-developed mobile platform Bada open to outside developers and device manufacturers from the next year. This is an attempt by Samsung at kickstart the development and growth of its operating system as it tries to reduce its dependence on the Android platform from Google on concerns that the smartphone and tablet market is getting increasingly more litigious.
According to a person who is familiar with the issue, Samsung has plans to make its Bada platform an open source software from next year onwards, adding that the company doesn’t seem to be moving towards the acquisition of any software company. This move has come in the wake of Google’s announcement in August which stated the company’s plans to acquire the smartphone manufacturer Motorola Mobility for a reported $12.5 billion.
It has long been speculated by analysts that this takeover of Motorola by Google could lead to the users of Google’s Android OS getting less priority than Motorola in securing technology related support form Google in the long term. There has also been a speculation in the market that Samsung was looking to buy an OS from one of its competitors, possibly WebOS.
This move also seeks to turn the Bada software into an OS which is widely used in the newer generation of smart TVs, which offer advanced functionalities including direct video streaming. A similar platform called Google TV was launched by Google last year. The opening up of Bada is meant to maintain the strong momentum of Samsung’s growth in the worldwide market for high end mobile devices.
In terms of shipments, Samsung was the second largest vendor of smartphones after Apple in the second quarter, after it passed Nokia Corp. which had been the market leader for a long time. The company’s mobile business skyrocketed right after the launch of its Galaxy line of smartphones during the month of June last year.
The momentum has, however, been threatened by Apple recently as the California based company has taken legal action against Samsung’s tablets and smartphones throughout the world, seeking to ban the sales of Galaxy devices on allegations that they were copied form the iPhone and the iPad. Samsung, too, has launched a number of counter-lawsuits in return, accusing Apple of stealing its patents related to wireless technology.

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