Samsung Wave S8500 with Bada becomes available in Europe today

Samsung has just announced that the Wave smartphone that was debuted back at Mobile World Congress 2010 is available, and it is the company's first Bada-based smartphone in Europe.

While some of you over in the U.S are freaking out about the Lost finale, those of us who are stuck in Europe and didn't get up at 6 AM to see it have some other less exciting news.

After the big debut back at Mobile World Congress 2010 in February, Samsung has just announced that the company's first Bada-based smartphone, the Wave, is available in parts of the European continent now.

Also referred to by the code name S8500, the Samsung Wave boasts a 3.3-inch AMOLED screen (800 x 480 resolution), 5-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, GPS, 2GB to 8GB of onboard storage and a microSD slot. Not to mention extensive file support for DivX, XviD, MP3 and WMV, plus 720p video recording/decoding.

All of this is based around Samsung's signature Bada platform, which has been developed to work seamlessly with the Samsung Apps collection that is currently open for Windows Mobile and Symbian-based phones. Samsung is in the midst of expanding access to the Apps Market for Bada-powered smartphonesin 80 countries.

Those keen on developing apps for the Bada platform should look out for the complete Bada SDK 1.0.0, which is set to be ready for download soon.

Following the European roll-out, Samsung Wave availability will expand to Asia, the Middle East and Africa, and Latin America.