Samsung bada is the Korean giant’s spanking new open mobile platform, aimed at serving up smartphone savvy apps to the masses, as well as those rocking the likes of the slick Samsung Omnia 2. But how does it work? And when will you be seeing phones packing it? Read our complete Samsung bada guide now and we’ll give you the complete lowdown.
What is Samsung bada?
In its own words, Samsung bada is an “open mobile platform” which will sit pretty on Samsung phones while letting punters get easy access to apps. In mobile company speak, it means you’ll be able to “enjoy a fun and diverse mobile experience.” It’ll bring fully fledged apps to Samsung’s phones, even if they’re not running traditional smartphone software, such as Android or Windows Mobile.
Bada developers are getting a full development kit, including a Samsung phone simulator and SDK. It seems bada is taking a page straight from Apple’s playbook, and with more than a handful of Samsung phones in circulation it could end up being an important move.
What does bada mean?
Bada means ocean in Korean, according to Samsung. Apparently this reflects the vast opportunities open to devs and mobile fanatics. Which leads us onto…
What does Samsung bada mean for future Android phones?
Samsung says that whole ‘ocean’ thing “alludes to [its] commitment to a variety of open platforms in the mobile industry.” While it’s keeping everything nicely vague at this early stage, it could mean a new UI which offers Samsung specific apps on top of Android Market, as well as a whole bada OS on other Samsung phones.
Why is Samsung bada a big deal?
It shows that apps have gone from niche concern and geeky plaything to global money-printing industry in just two years. Samsung bada is meant for a slew of mid-range mobiles, as well as top end devices, so if you’ve got a web connection, in theory you can access thousands of open-source extras. It’s important, as it marks app development moving down the mobile foodchain. It’s not limited to top of the line mobiles anymore, even your Nan will be in on mobile apps thanks to the likes of bada.
What phones will rock Samsung bada?
Samsung bada is set to hit touchscreen phones first, but Samsung says that’s just the scope of its initial roll out, meaning it could land on sliders, candybars and QWERTY blowers too.
When can I get Samsung bada?
Samsung bada apps are set to land in the first half of 2010 through the Samsung Application Store. The first bada-packing mobile is due to drop in the first half of 2010 with a string of other models to follow later in the year. The Samsung Application Store is being primed for the UK late in 2010.
How can I create apps for Samsung bada?
Fancy yourself as a mobile development whizz? Then you can nab the SDK when it launches on the official Samsung bada site in December. Samsung is running a developer challenge from then until June next year.
Out 2010 | £TBC | Samsung bada