updated 08:35 am EDT, Tue September 20, 2011
Samsung open-source of Bada may spark sales
Samsung is hoping to open-source its in-house Bada OS to avoid leaning too heavily on Android for its success, sources alleged early Tuesday. The OS behind the Wave 3 and its peers would be accessible to everyone in 2012 to encourage more support and make it a stronger platform. The company would also be hoping to see Bada used for Internet-aware TVs and end up competing with Google TV, WSJ's insider said.
The contact also reinforced views that Samsung didn't plan to acquire another OS, either through a buyout or a licensing deal.
While unconfirmed, the Bada step would come just as Samsung is facing mounting problems in its legal battle with Apple. It already faces a pre-trial German ban on Galaxy Tabs, a Dutch smartphone ban, and possible restrictions in Australia and the US. Samsung has its own countersuits in action but might be late in its response.
Bada phones themselves have their own similarities to the iPhone, but the OS was developed more from scratch and isn't as likely to be a target given Apple's determination to slow down Android's rapid growth. Samsung has had enough success that Bada outsells Windows Phone despite Microsoft pushing as many companies to support its own platform as possible.