Within a year of launch, Samsung’s bada app store has reported over 100 million downloads.
Samsung bada is a smartphone platform for a wide range of devices. It was unveiled in 2010. “Bada” is a Korean word that means “ocean” and “seashore”. The operating system platform currently has 13,000 applications.
“We are anticipating that Samsung Apps will show a rapid growth in 2011, especially with a variety of the upcoming bada device line up,” said Kang-Hyun Kwon, senior vice president of the media solution center at Samsung Electronics.
To mark the occasion, the handset maker has announced weekly prizes such as Samsung Galaxy Tabs, Galaxy Players, USB drives and vouchers. To be eligible for a prize you have to download an app from Samsung Apps on a supported phone such as Wave, Wave II, Wave 525, Wave 533, Wave 575 or Wave 723.
One lucky winner will be selected randomly in a draw. The contest will run from March 25 to April 30.
In contrast to bada, Apple’s app store saw its 10 billionth app download within only two years of release while, according to estimates, 3.7 billion Android apps have been downloaded so far.