Samsung is considering turning its homegrown mobile platform Bada OS into an open-source project next year to avoid leaning too heavily on Android for its success, according to The Wall Street Journal reports.
Korean electronics giant also plans to expand Bada into a platform that could be used in devices other than smartphones, such as smart TV sets.
The OS behind the Wave 3 and its peers would be accessible to everyone to encourage more support and make it a stronger platform. In its latest form, Bada 2.0 as demonstrated on the new Wave 3 at IFA 2011 earlier this month, the OS has gained several Android-style features, as well as NFC support and boosted social networking integration.
The move — unofficial and unconfirmed at this point – comes after Google announced plans to buy Samsung’s competitor in handsets, Motorola Mobility, which puts Android smartphone manufacturers into an awkward position, as it means that Google will directly be competing against them on their own platform.
Samsung’s strategy seems to be different, though, as the company reportedly doesn’t keen on acquiring another operating system (webOS, anyone?). Turning Bada, which so far hasn’t been very successful, into an open-source project, might be a push the platform needs to become relevant in the smartphone space.
What do you think? Will this cause an explosion of Samsung handsets running on the Bada OS in the future?