Samsung Electronics on September 19 introduced a new and updated version of its Samsung Apps store, which features an improved user interface, updated purchasing options and a personalized App recommendation services, announced Samsung.
"Samsung Apps will be made first available to Samsung Wave smartphones running on the new Bada 2.0 OS and spread out globally on Samsung Galaxy devices towards the end of the year," stated Samsung.
Samsung also celebrating Samsung App's second birthday by offering 30 popular paid applications for free - including well-known titles such as Fruit Ninja and Plants vs. Zombies -to Wave smartphone users.
With the release of In-App Purchase SDK on September 15th, Samsung Apps will expand its commercial service for Galaxy devices to more countries this year," the company informed.
Already featuring over 40,000 applications, the new version of Samsung Apps introduces several new features that improve the app store's all-round user experience.
- New user interface: The overall layout of the application store has been updated and optimized, while new elements such as Smart and My Page have been introduced, enhancing the overall usability. The UI is now compatible with the Bada 2.0 OS, while an integrated billing interface ensures purchasing via the Samsung Apps is quick and hassle-free.
- New Purchasing Options - "Try'n Play" and "Rent'n Play": Samsung is introducing the concept of application rental, enabling users to access and use new applications on a trial basis without paying the app's full sale price.
- App Recommendation Service - "Smart": Samsung Apps' new Smart mode recommends applications based on current usage trends and the users' favorite apps and interests. To activate this feature, users simply tap 'Smart' before adding additional information based on their interests, after which they start receiving customized App recommendations.