Ambitious mobile manufacturer Samsung is to open its European mobile applications store on 14 September and that some 300 applications will be ready on day one.
The move will square the Korean electronics giant against established efforts like the iTunes App Store, Nokia’s Ovi Store and the Google Android Market, not to mention Microsoft’s forthcoming Sky Store.
The Samsung Application Store will initially launch in the UK, France and Italy but 30 other countries will be added.
It is understood that the store will be accessible only to Omnia and 18910 HD device users before other devices like the Omnia II and OmniaLITE are added later in the year.
The Store will offer initially 300 applications in areas covering health, e-books, games and social networking.
It is expected that this will rise to 2,000 applications by the end of the year.
Game developers EA, Capcom, Gameloft, and TAITO have signed on as early partners.
By John Kennedy