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Samsung bada: do we need a new smartphone OS? [Video]

Samsung bada: do we need a new smartphone OS? [Video]

As promised, Samsung have unveiled their new smartphone platform, bada, and SlashGear were at the London event this morning.  It's important to note that bada seems at a relatively early stage; the first handset running the platform won't go on sale until sometime in the first half of 2010, and Samsung didn't have any prototype phones for us to look at.  They did, however, outline some of their thinking behind bada, and show a demo video of the conceptual UI which you can see after the cut.

Video demo after the cut

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Samsung Bada handset purportedly leaks

Samsung Bada handset purportedly leaks

Samsung's Bada OS, freshly announced - though far from released - for mobile devices is reasonably interesting on its own, but we always prefer to have an inkling of hardware to go along with our software speculation.  Happily that itch has been allegedly scratched this morning, with a render of what's purported to be the first Samsung Bada device.

Willeke at GSMHelpDesk has been slipped an image of this touchscreen handset, though there are no accompanying specifications to tell us what sort of experience we can expect.  That leaves us arguing the aesthetics, and while the device pictured is reasonably inoffensive, it doesn't exactly distinguish itself from any other touchscreen-centric candybar.  Perhaps there's a slide-out QWERTY keyboard waiting to wow us, but right now hardware controls look to be minimal.

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Samsung unveils bada open mobile platform

Samsung unveils bada open mobile platform

Apps for mobile phones are a huge business. You only have to take a look at the massive profits that Apple is turning with the App Store to see the potential of the market. The problem for many developers looking to write apps for devices other than the iPhone is that the wide variety of hardware and capabilities of most brands of smartphones mean an app for one device might not work for another.

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