ST PETERSBURG, Russia - During a MobileMonday event, Samsung held a Bada Developer Day, where it showcased its latest software platform, in an attempt to attract potential software developers. In one of its slides, there was a brief mention of four new, cheaper Bada phones to be unveiled in the future.
There is no detailed information on these new smartphones, besides them being cheaper, and two of them having a hardware slide-out QWERTY keyboard. These should be regular variants of the Wave - some thinner, some with less features, and others with keyboards.
In the near future, Samsung plans to expand its Bada smartphone to 75 countries, 156 operators, and offer more than 6 500 apps to go with it. The manufacturer actually expects to soon overtake Nokia's marketshare, according to the slide below.
A new developer competition was introduced at the event, with a total prize of US$2.7m, with the winning programmer taking home US$300 000. The contest is limited to Russia and ends on the 15th of August.