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Samsung bada OS Screenshots Revealed

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Samsung bada OS Screenshots Revealed

My, this looks familiar...

The first screenshots of the Samsung bada interface have leaked onto the web today courtesy of the Italian site Samsung.hdblog and the parallels to the company's existing TouchWiz UI are there for all to see. There is also something of a mash-up of Android and Symbian, but wow are those icons ugly!

The good news is the practicality Samsung has insisted upon for bada: it will be multi-touch supported, open source and integrate Cloud based device management and synchronisation. There will also be a developer challenge which sees Samsung cough up a hefty $2.7m of prize money for the best apps.

The bad however is – for my money – bada simply is pointless. TouchWiz is a rubbish UI to imitate and given Samsung is a handset maker I can't see how bada can gain any traction amongst rival manufacturers. Consequently it might as well be a proprietary platform and we all know the future is in cross hardware OSes such as Android or niche high-end platforms like iPhone OS and BlackBerry OS.

In short, my cynicism levels remain cranked up to 10. How about yours?

Link:

via Samsung.hdblog

xbrumster

December 18, 2009, 7:13 pm

8.6

Chris Beach

December 18, 2009, 10:31 pm

tbh it seems on the surface to be fairly pointless. But it might also be a better alternative than s40 or s60. So for the low-end phones from LG and Sony/Ericsson, this might be a better prospect.


I'm guessing its arrived from Samsung fearing Nokia now has to much control/influence on the symbian platform.

HarryGlass

December 19, 2009, 12:18 am

And who is to say Samsung cannot deliver as compelling an OS as Apple or Palm? Or even if it doesn't compete on the high end there's plenty of middle and lower ground.





Silly as all this fragmentation is, I think it's understandable. The main draw is in "app stores" these days and Samsung want their cut instead of giving it to Google (on Android), MS (on WM), etc, etc wherever they currently place TouchWiz. So they provide their own kernel to stick TouchWiz on, get devs to port their apps from Android, iTunes, WM, Symbian, etc and who knows maybe it'll be a viable system.





Personally I wouldn't be shocked if HTC went the same route, although they do seem more content with Android than Samsung do.

Gordon394

December 19, 2009, 12:24 am

@HK





"And who is to say Samsung cannot deliver as compelling an OS as Apple or Palm? Or even if it doesn't compete on the high end there's plenty of middle and lower ground."





No evidence of it on any scale as yet. Still, I'll be happy if I'm proved wrong.

Runadumb

December 19, 2009, 12:49 am

I love samsung phones but by god do I hate touchWiz. Has put me right off buying some of their great phones this year. Same with LG and that shite UI (I dont recall what its called)I wont hold off any purchases waiting for a Bada device but hey they could surprise me...and by that I would mean shock the hell outta me.


So ummm, kinda off topic here, but, you guys reviewing the milestone anytime soon? Just asking, dont go mental people ;)

scotw

December 19, 2009, 6:13 pm

It seems weird to me, why not simply port Touchwiz to Android and get the OS for free? I believe Google allows such customisation. But Samsung are a big company and maybe feel that they need control over their platform.

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