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Samsung has released version 1 of the Bada SDK, for all those developers who've been dying to develop for Bada but unwilling to run with the Beta release.

It's hard to imagine that many people fall into that particularly category, but Samsung does remind us that entry to its Global Developer Challenge closes at the end of the month, so there's still time to lash an application together if you download quickly.

Hopefully that project won't involve the compass or integrating with base applications, as both are covered by forthcoming parts of the Bada development book that Samsung has been giving away in sections over the last few months. Part 3 only goes as far as Namespaces.

Bada is a perfectly reasonable platform, but currently the only Bada handset (the Wave) is priced at more than £300. That means the platform competes with iOS and Android - something even Nokia is struggling to do. Samsung keeps saying that Bada is designed to bring smartphone features to feature phones, and if that happens then it could create a new market for mobile applications.

But until we see some feature-phone hardware based on Bada its hard to give this aspiration much credit. ®

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