Samsung Bada phone OS to go open source
Samsung plans to recruit other manufacturers to make Bada phones and tablets by making the simple operating system free.
That means other companies will be able to use it for free in tablets and phones to join the . The software is likely to be opened up next year, according to the WSJ's source.
In the war of the smart phone ecosystems, there are two dominant powers: Apple and Google. Apple's iOS software powers the iPhone and , while Google's software is open source and is used by loads of phones and tablets made by many different manufacturers, including Samsung.
Android owes its success to its open-source nature: the wide range of devices using Android means phone owners can choose their perfect phone, manufacturers can adapt the OS to different uses, and app developers can fill the Android Market with cool and useful apps.
When it comes to app ecosystems, open is better, as there's a vicious cycle linking numbers of users with number of apps -- if there's no apps, users won't get the phones, but if there's no users, developers won't make apps.
Only Apple and its enormous brand clout can truly get away with a closed ecosystem -- hence, and Nokia sidelining the MeeGo and Symbian software it's been stuck with. Nokia is turning to instead. It's not open source, but is used by a range of manufacturers and has Microsoft's clout behind it, which Nokia hopes will appeal to a wider audience.
Opening up Bada will also allow Samsung not to lean on Android so heavily. Apple is Galaxy Tab 10.1 and both ., and it's Samsung that's borne the brunt of the first wave of patent disputes, with the
Samsung also makes Windows Phones, as well as Android and Bada devices, and recently rather testily