Samsung to take Bada OS Open Source21 Sep 2011
Samsung is planning to take its proprietary Bada mobile OS open-source and open it up to third-party developers and other handset makers. Bada is the mobile OS that powers a number of Samsung handsets under the "Wave" brand including the S8530 Wave II and the Wave 525 smartphones.
A story by the Wall Street Journal speculates that Samsung's decision could be fueled by its recent patent issues with Apple surrounding the use of Android on Samsung devices. Also, this move comes in the wake of Google's acquisition plans for Motorola's Mobility division, sparking rumors that other handset manufacturers that use Android would be left to lag behind future Motorola Android phones.
In the past (specifically 2009) Nokia had also pushed the previously proprietary Symbian OS into the open-source segment. After a decent beginning, Symbian is now floundering with Nokia's decision to move to Windows Phone as their primary smartphone OS.
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