Samsung Electronics announced the beta release of its bada software development kit, enabling developers to create applications optimized for the device maker's Wave smartphone, the first device running the bada OS. According to Samsung, the SDK features an integrated development environment based on Eclipse C/C++ Development Tools, Simulator, UI builder, sample applications, documentation and tutorials. The bada Developers web portal also boasts resources like tutorials and API reference documentation as well as forums to communicate with Samsung technicians and other developers. Registration in the bada program is free.
First announced in early November 2009 and officially unveiled at a London launch event a month later, bada (translating to "ocean" in Korean) promises an open, feature-rich platform for creating enhanced mobile consumer experiences; based on the TouchWiz UI, bada provides developers with flash control, web control, motion sensing, fine-tuned vibration control and face detection tools, complete with support for context-aware applications incorporating accelerometers, tilt, weather, proximity and activity sensors. In addition, bada-based applications can integrate with device functions to make phone calls, send messages or access the contact list--various service applications also can share information such as personal profiles, social relations, schedules or contents contingent on user confirmation.
For more on the bada SDK:
- read this bada Developers Blog entry
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