With all the Android-related patent nonsense of late, not to mention Google’s recent acquisition of Motorola, Samsung appears to be seriously weighing up its smartphone options.
The South Korean manufacturer is “planning to make Bada software an open source platform next year." That’s according to “a person familiar with the matter” speaking to the Wall Street Journal.
In making Bada open source, software engineers would be able to tinker with the source code for free, as is the case with Google’s popular OS – you might’ve heard of it before – Android.
Bada has received fairly positive feedback, including a rare thumbs-up from our resident ranter, one Jan Stuhlmacher, who described it as “a combination of the best of Symbian mixed with a dose of Android”.
However, Strategy Analytics’ Neil Mawston suggests: "For Samsung to be successful with opening Bada it will need to be launched in the United States market, because that is where the most powerful developers and consumers are found.
“If Bada does not get traction in the huge U.S. market, then the odds will be stacked against success.”
At the moment, Samsung has its fingers in pretty much all the pies. On top of Bada and Android, it’s also developing phones for Windows Phone 7, and last week 5,000 developers received a Samsung-built Windows 8 tablet.