Bada-Bing Bada-Boom. Another OS? There Ain’t No Room.

Samsung-bada-open-mobile-platformOr is there? On 8 December, Samsung unveiled a new mobile OS that they will begin placing on select phones. The name of the OS? You guessed it, Bada.

In terms of the OS, Samsung states that Bada is an open platform, that aims to deliver an intuitive user experience through innovative visual design. According to the Bada site created by Samsung, “More and more people want the rich and connected application-experiences that are currently only available for smartphone consumers. Samsung has developed bada to make these exclusive smartphone experiences available to everyone.”

In an effort to promote the OS, Samsung has announced a series of Developer days, the creation of an applications store, and even a developers challenge. Sound a little familiar?

It remains to be seen how much of Bada is truly open and what will remain proprietary. Also one has to wonder if there is really a space in the market for such an OS and what will Bada offer that other operating systems like Android or iPhone won’t? Get it from the horses mouth at and let us know your opinion. Does Bada pose a threat to our beloved Android?

  • Alz

    Bada's multitasking ability is crippled like the iPhone's. That kills it for me.


    bada platform enforces single tasking
    • Only one bada application can run at a time.
    – If a bada application is already running when launching another bada application, the first is
    always terminated by the platform.
    • One bada application can run simultaneously with multiple base applications.
    – Multi-tasking is available between a bada application and base applications.

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  • Scott

    more is better, competition is what keeps products from stagnating. This is all good for us. I LOVE my Droid and the Android OS, but more options bring better things to the end users.
    Bring it on

  • eNr

    As the title already shown, how likely that Microsoft have something to do with this?
    It actually is a natural pair, right? Samsung's Bada and Microsoft's Bing.. 🙂

  • Drew

    i clicked the link and i didn't get past the logo on the webpage. its strikingly similar to Chrome's. thats lame. they lost me from the logo.

  • Jacob

    I don't see this as a true Android competitor. If you read closely, you can see that bada is about making "these exclusive smartphone experiences available to everyone." I believe that this means that bada is targeting the sub-smartphone platform. Inexpensive pseudo smartphones. The forced single-tasking allows them to target phones with minimal processor and ram. The thought of running bada on an Android capable device reminds me much of what it would be like to run DOS on a Windows XP capable machine. Most phones with bada will probably not be up to spec for running Android.

    • ari-free

      this is about developing for the past instead of building for the future. Android will be on those cheap phones too

  • Valerie

    After Mr. Schmidt's recent comments on privacy, I think anything is competition for Android. As much as I love mine, I'm really considering dumping all my connections with Google.

  • anakin78z

    Wow, Samsung, really? If your past phones are any indication, this will be a sad failure. Why are you so good at other stuff, and fail so badly at phone? Oh, right, software. Just please make nice phones and keep them up to date. No touch wiz. Just nice designs, nice hardware. Leave the software to software companies.

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