updated 09:10 am EST, Tue December 8, 2009
Bada to have high minimum phone spec
Samsung at an event today provided some early feature details of its bada mobile platform ahead of its actual SDK release. Every phone will have a relatively high specification with a multi-touch wide VGA (roughly 800x480) screen as a minimum for its interface. They will also have to have at least 3G, GPS and Wi-Fi as part of the feature set.
The software will have its own interface but can also accept layers; the first bada phone from Samsung should run TouchWiz 3.0, an as-yet unreleased variant of its custom interface also found on Windows Mobile phones like the Omnia II. It should support extra features like fine-grained vibration control as well as face detection and general activity sensors. As an open design, it will give developers access down to the contact and phone services.
Samsung reiterated that the first phone should be available in the first half of 2010, with more expected later.
Bada faces a significant struggle ahead as it will have to compete not only with major competitors outside of Samsung like iPhone but also within Samsung's own lineup. The company still expects to ship phones using Android, Symbian and Windows Mobile over the next few years and hasn't said how many of its phones will use its in-house OS versus those of others.