updated 11:35 pm EST, Wed March 9, 2011
Move aimed at frustration following Microsoft deal
Samsung is reportedly attempting to woo frustrated Symbian developers, inviting them to build applications for the Bada platform. A number of Indian developers allegedly received an e-mail from Samsung representatives who offer solace for the developers, many of whom may have felt snubbed when Nokia announced its partnership with Microsoft.
"If you are a Symbian developer unhappy about Nokia’s recent announcements, and are hence looking for a new platform to showcase your talents, we say “Hello!” and “Welcom to bada!” states the alleged e-mail, which was posted on Samsung Hub.
Recent reports suggest the Symbian platform has continued to slide in market share, amid fierce competition from the iPhone and Android handsets, though Nokia claims the OS is expected to last at least through 2012. The company has worked to assuage fears that it would quickly phase out its use of the software after making the switch to Windows Phone.
To win back the hearts of angry developers, Nokia recently announced a plan to give two free phones to Launchpad program members. Each qualifying developer would receive the E7 to continue Symbian development, along with a Windows Phone 7 device as they become available.