In with the new, out with the old. Samsung's throwing out Symbian in exchange for its own platform, Bada, which was first announced last month with some extremely vague details. Today we learned a bit more, so do step inside.
So yes, we know that Bada means "ocean" in Korean, but what about the phones? For starters, each handset will be 3G enabled, with Wi-Fi, GPS and multitouch WVGA screens. Bada's SDK will be released shortly, enabling developers and operators to create and customise for it. It will replace Symbian, which is used on their mid-to-low end handsets traditionally.
"flash control, web control, motion sensing, fine-tuned vibration control, and face detection. Also, it supports sensor-based, context-aware applications. By using various sensors such as accelerometers, tilt, weather, proximity, and activity sensors, application developers can easily implement context-aware interactive applications"
Samsung's hoping to see an influx of applications thanks to the $US2.7 million prize that's been put up for grabs, and so far, EA and Gameloft have been signed up to develop games for Bada.
We'll see Bada handsets trickling in in the first half of 2010, with Europe and Asia receiving them first, followed by the US and other corners of the globe.
It's a tantalising prospect, but we're still eager to see exactly what Bada looks and feels like. With Samsung promising to deliver a full open source experience for users and developers, it could do a lot more for creativity than Symbian ever did. SDK users will apparently have full access to the contact, messaging and phone functions, which could see these "mid to low end" handsets actually offering something iPhone and Android users haven't even seen yet. [Samsung Bada]