Samsung has released the Bada 2.0 SDK and set its sights on extending the reach of the operating system by launching high-end smartphones later this year.
Bada 2.0 will pack some major updates, including support for multi-tasking, Wi-Fi Direct file sharing, near-field communication and voice recognition.
The platform will have improved support for Flash and HTML5, and Samsung plans to introduce in-app advertising in a bid to make Bada more attractive to the developer community.
The Samsung Apps store, which currently has 40,000 applications, has also been extended to 121 countries.
The Korean manufacturer aims to introduce three Wave smartphones running Bada 2.0 later this year. The original Wave was received well in Europe, China and south east Asia, and helped Samsung to record second-quarter financials, so it is unsurprising that the firm will launch mid-range and high-end models in these regions.
"We are extremely pleased with the success of Bada and our Wave devices, and have brought together our key mobile innovations for Bada 2.0," said Simon Stanford, managing director of mobile at Samsung UK and Ireland.
"Whilst we will continue to work with partners including Google and Microsoft, Bada will be a big focus for us in the future as we work to make it a leading mobile platform."
The Bada 2.0 SDK can be downloaded from developer.bada.com. Samsung will be giving away a cash prize to the first 20 developers to get 100,000 downloads for their application at the Bada 2.0 Power App Race developer event.
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