Tizen OS has officially reached Megazord status today, as Samsung plans to merge their Bada OS with the Intel-backed MeeGo successor.
A little bit of history: once upon a time, Intel and Nokia joined forces to combine Moblin and Maemo into a universal mobile operating system named MeeGo, which was designed to run on anything from smartphones and tablets to Smart TVs and in-vehicle entertainment devices. MeeGo development made decent progress, but it was recently announced that the MeeGo project would be merging—yet again—with the Linux-based LiMo platform to create Tizen, an “an open source, standards-based software platform supported by leading mobile operators, device manufacturers, and silicon suppliers for multiple device categories“.
Samsung has decided that they don’t want to be left out of this OS orgy, and will be merging Bada, their in-house mobile OS, with Tizen. This Frankenstein OS will be used for various systems and smartphones (once it finishes morphing), and like Android, will be Linux-based and open source. The OS will probably never attempt to compete with Google or Apple’s mobile operating systems on the consumer level, but companies like Samsung feel more comfortable having a backup-OS in their pocket just in case things go awry with Mountain View.