Samsung Moves to Boost Software

Samsung Bada logoSamsung Electronics Co. plans to open up its homegrown mobile software platform to outside developers and device makers next year in a bid to kick-start growth in the operating system and reduce its reliance on Google Inc.'s Android in the increasingly litigious smartphone and tablet computer business.

Samsung "is planning to make Bada software an open source platform next year," a person familiar with the situation said, adding the South Korean company has no plans to buy a software company.

The move comes after Google announced in August it plans to purchase competitor Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. for $12.5 billion.

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