Samsung Bada OS wants Nokia's 'unhappy' Symbian developers

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Seoul, Mar 10: Can you guess who will be the happiest smartphone maker for Nokia-Microsoft partnership. No, it's not the world's largest mobile phone maker Nokia or the computer giant Microsoft. It's Samsung! (Yeah, you read it right).

With the strategic alliance between Nokia and Microsoft, the Finnish phone maker adopted Windows phone 7 as their primary smartphone operating system and dumped the Symbian and MeeGo devices. Immediately after the announcement, some of the Nokia employers, who are working on Symbian, raised voice against the discrimination on Symbian. Now, it seems like world's second largest mobile maker, Samsung has been trying to woo these unhappy Nokia employees.

Samsung said on Wednesday, Mar 9, that it would start talks with unhappy Finnish employees. Samsung aims to grab these developers to improve their Bada OS, which is not yet snapped much attention. The Seoul based company invited the Nokia employees through a newsletter posted on web.

"If you are a Symbian developer unhappy about Nokia's recent announcements, and are hence looking for a new platform to showcase your talents, we say "Hello!" and "welcome to Bada. If you're new to the Bada development, or are moving your app from Symbian, we'd like to welcome you" said a newsletter posted by a Samsung developer.

Even though Samsung confirmed the 'wooing newsletter,' one official said it was not an official company statement. The company added that it was sent by a event organizer in India.

"There have been no orders from our Mobile Solution Center to initiate strategic hiring from Nokia, and the newsletter was simply sent by our event organizer in India to a group of engineers who showed up at our Bada developers' conference there earlier this month," a Samsung spokesman said.

Samsung plans to equip itself to meet the challenges from upcoming Nokia Windows Phone 7 smartphones and the rumored Apple iPhone 5. Presently, most of the Samsung's smartphones are running on Google Android OS which is available with other manufactures also. So, Samsung aims to make the Bada OS more popular just like the Symbian.

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