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Samsung Mulls Open Source Path for Bada

Korean electronics giant Samsung is reportedly planning to make available its proprietary Bada operating software platform to outside developers as well as third party device maker sometime during the next year with a follow on move of turning it into open source platform.

The move, according to many industry analysts, has been proposed with the view of reducing the company’s reliance on the Google Android platform, as well as achieving some sort of momentum in the growth of the OS software.

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal (opens in new tab), the Galaxy maker currently does not have any plan whatsoever to acquire a new software company in the near future, thus, aiming towards making Bada an open source platform by the fall of 2012.

The Wall Street Journal report was citing inputs taken from "a person familiar with the situation.”

Samsung’s sudden shift of focus into Bada, as many believe, could be nothing but an inevitable consequence of Google’s purchase of Motorola a few weeks back.

There were already rumours on the streets that Google’s acquisition of Motorola - another leading name in the smartphone industry, could make other Android phone makers feel a bit insecure.

"In theory, it makes sense to turn Bada into a multiplatform operating system because that will increase the total addressable market for service developers. But in reality, it is not yet fully clear whether Bada can scale up to bigger displays" Neil Mawston, an analyst at Strategy Analytics said, according to the Wall Street Journal report.

Ravi Mandalia

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