Samsung’s very own Bada operating system is in the headlines today with the release of its 2.0 SDK, originally announced at the Mobile World Congress in February of 2011.
Some of you may be wondering why you haven’t heard so much about Samsung’s proprietary OS and that’s because it isn’t available in the U.S. Internationally though, Bada claims 1.9% marketshare—even more than Windows Phone 1.6%. Although most of the Android community sees Google’s acquisition as non-intracompetitive to the Android ecosystem, Bada could be considered Samsung’s backup plan should the need to switch operating systems arrive.
The 10 Key features to arrive on Bada 2.0 are the following:
- UI 2.0 : three new navigation styles: Header, Footer, and TabBar.
- Wi-Fi Direct
- OpenAL : provide 3D sound interfaces. With it and HTTP streaming developers can build good quality internet radio apps.
- Support for NFC : Near Field Communication
- Voice recognition : Text-to-speech and Speech-text feature
- Lockscreen professionalization
- Development tools such as Emulator, Profiler, and Performance Analyzer
- In-App Ads : Using the Ads API developers are able to insert advertisements
Take a look at this video sneak peak of Bada 2.0:
In conjunction with the release of Bada 2.0, Samsung plans to launch three new Bada 2.0 powered smart phones dubbed Wave. These devices will range from premium models with enhanced performance, to entry-level models that focus on affordability. If you’d like to jump in the ‘Bada'(Ocean in English), visit the bada developer site (developer.bada.com) and download the SDK.