Last month Samsung announced that it would be dropping Symbian from its handsets and replacing it with its own mobile platform, Bada. Initial details on this touchscreen-driven platform were sparse and Bada was quickly forgotten. Forgotten by most of us but not by Samsung, who has been slowly fleshing out the details of Bada on its website and at a press event. Once you plow through all of the marketing speak, you can glean some juicy details about this new open source platform. Similar to other modern mobile phone operating systems, Bada will feature a full touchscreen UI with multi-touch support, 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi, GPS and support for WVGA displays. Bada will also incorporate a Bada-specific version of the Samung’s love-it-or-hate-it TouchWiz interface. Throw in some keywords like Flash control, web control and face detection while offering a $300,000 coffer for the Bada Developer Challenge and you’ve got everyone’s attention. The first Bada mobile phone will launch in the first half of 2010, presumably to coincide with the launch of Bada applications in the Samsung application store. Hopes are high for Bada with Samsung expecting to both launch several models of Bada-powered phones and expand the application store to 30 countries including France, Italy and the UK by the end of 2010. Thoughts?