Samsung is planning to merge its bada operating system with Tizen, the open source operating system it is creating with Intel, the manufacturer revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
In an interview at the show last week, Tae-Jin Kang, senior VP of Samsung’s contents planning team said: ‘We have an effort that will merge bada and Tizen.'
Tizen will show up on ‘at least one to two’ Samsung phones in 2012, Kang confirmed.
The move is seen as part of a wider strategy by Samsung to gain greater control of its own devices and increase the pace of its move into interconnected devices.
When the integration is finished, Tizen will support mobile applications written with bada’s software development kit, including compatibility for previously published bada apps.
Samsung also supports Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating systems.
However, Google’s planned acquisition of Motorola and Microsoft’s joint venture with Nokia has led some mobile phone manufacturers to question the independence of both operating systems.
Bada phones make up about 2% of the global smartphone market — greater than the share held by Microsoft’s Windows Phone. Samsung has remained committed to its own platform despite the success of its stable of Android phones.
The Tizen project, which incorporates some technology from Intel’s former MeeGo venture with Nokia, was launched in September last year.