Samsung is to launch a mobile applications online store later this month at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

It also has a host of handsets lined up for their debut in Spain, including what is being touted as the world’s first 12-megapixel camera phone.

The app store is expected to launch with 1,100 applications for Samsung S60 and Windows Mobile devices.

It will initially only be for UK customers.

In a refreshing move, the online store will have no initial or ongoing costs for developers associated with marketing or hosting software.

Samsung will allow freeware to be distributed at no cost to the developer.

If or when the app store is to be enlarged to other markets is not clear, nor are Samsung’s plans to support other platforms.

As well as the launch of the 12-megapixel camera phone in Barcelona, Samsung is expected to announce an upgrade to its 8-megapixel Innov8 camera phone, possibly with a nifty 3.5" zoom lens.

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