Thursday, December 9, 2010

Samsung's Bada OS turns 1 developers win $2.7 million

Samsung's smartphone OS for the masses, a.k.a. Bada OS turned one - and Samsung threw quite a party to celebrate. The results of the Developer Challenge we're announced and $2.7 million dollars worth of prizes were handed out.
Introduced an year ago, the new OS is doing quite well - the first Bada phone, the Samsung S8500 Wave, passed the 1 million sales mark in just under four weeks. Since then quite a few new models have been released and Samsung expects Bada handsets to total 5 million by the end of this year.
The developer challenge, intended to kick start the Bada OS section of the Samsung Apps store, attracted 2,077 teams but only 34 winners we're selected. They will split a total of $2.7 million.
$300,000 of those will go to the top app - a game called Little Sailor (a 3D yacht racing game). Eight other apps - badaSports, Doogie, Bang, WAMO_Camera, TouchRetouch, Bling-Bling Reader and Parking - each earned $100 thousand for their developers.
Apps placed second and third in each of the 24 categories won $60K and $40K respectively, with yet more awards going to other developers

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