Chances are, you have never heard of Bada, and even if you have there is almost no chance that you know of Tizen. However, Bada actually has more feature phone market share than Windows Phone 7, and Tizen grew out of Intel's once awesome MeeGo OS project. As such, I have just a bit of a soft spot for any news involving Tizen, and Bada is still a pretty big deal.
So, while it is certainly odd, Samsung's recent announcement that they plan to merge their Bada OS with Tizen has given me the slightest hope that Tizen might survive. In this merge, Samsung will be porting some of Bada's features into Tizen, as well as preparing some low-end feature phones that will run the mashup OS.
A slightly less tangible aspect of the partnership is that Samsung will now be supporting the open source development going on around Tizen, which should also serve to give the OS a second chance at popularity and spur new development.
Of course, the new Bada customized Tizen won't become Samsung's main smartphone OS, they have plenty to worry about with Android and Windows Phone 7. Still, I think its really nice to see MeeGo still alive and kicking, and a truly open Linux based alternative OS in the mobile market is something that is always great to have.[Pocket-Lint]