South Korean electronics giant Samsung will be merging its home-grown Bada operating system with the open source Tizen, as it aims to look for an alternative to Google’s Android mobile OS.
According to a report from Reuters, the company has confirmed the move, which had been revealed by Kand Tae-jin, one of Samsung Electronics’ senior vice presidents, in an interview with Forbes Magazine.
Tizen, an open-source operating system is slated for a release in the first quarter of 2012. The OS is the combination of the Meego and Limo operating systems, which was done by the Linux Foundation and the Limo Foundation. The OS supports multiple device types, including smart TVs, tablets, smartphones, in-vehicle infotainment systems and netbooks.
The Tizen programming interface is based on HTML 5 and other web standards, and majority of development efforts for these Tizen applications will be based on these standards.
Samsung said that it have not yet decded whether they will let Tizen and Bada merge.
“Samsung and other members of Tizen Association have not made a firm decision regarding the merge of Bada and Tizen,” said Samsung in a statement. “We are carefully looking at it as an option to make the platforms serve better for customers.”
As of now, Tizen and Bada do not have much support from developers, but that is expected to change if both operating systems will appear on hundreds of millions of phones.