Samsung will soon be rolling out the bada 2.0 update for its bada-running Wave branded handsets. Earlier, Sammy had stated that all of its Wave handsets will get the bada 2.0, but it seems like that might not be true.
SammyHub reports that in an email sent my Samsung to developers earlier this month, the company grouped its bada devices under two different categories Wave (WOVGA) and Wave (WQVGA)_bada 1.1. Sadly, two of the Wave branded handsets, Wave 525 and 533, are under the second category, which means that these handsets won’t get the bada 2.0 update.
However, Samsung has promised a Value Packupgrade for the Wave 525 and 533 handsets. Here is the definition of Value Packfrom Samsung :
Samsung is offering Value Packupgrade for devices that do not support bada 2.0 upgrade due to hardware limitations such as main chipset performance and available network speed. Value Packis designed to offer the same bada 2.0 user experience and service as much as possible despite the hardware limitations.
Sammy did not mention as to when it will roll out the Value Packupdate for both the handsets.
Samsung, one of the largest Android device manufacturers, launched its own smartphone platform – Bada – in 2009. It was a huge hit in Korea, with the Samsung Wave selling millions of units there. However, it was completely overshadowed by the success of the Samsung Galaxy S, its flagship Android device.
Samsung has launched a few more Bada devices since then, and they have all seen moderate success. However, Samsung’s Android devices have been hogging all the limelight. It is now the top Android smartphone manufacturer and with good reason. Its last two major releases – the Galaxy S and Galaxy S 2 – have been the best Android phones of their times.
When Samsung launched Bada, many analysts questioned its move of launching yet another operating system when there were so many already. However, when Google acquired Motorola, it became clear that Samsung was right in hedging its bets on the Android platform with investments in other platforms like Bada and Windows Phone 7.
According to a report by the WSJ, Samsung plans to open source the Bada OS, and make it available to everyone. Android started the “open” trend, and even Nokia open sourced Symbian last year.
Samsung hopes that open sourcing Bada will help turn its fortunes and make it a popular alternative to Android and Windows Phone 7, but that strategy didn’t help Nokia much. Bada still doesn’t have as much developer support as Android, iOS or even Windows Phone 7. I doubt this move will have much of an impact on the prospects of Bada.
Remember that Samsung event at the IFA trade show in Berlin, which is going to be held on September 1? Of course, you do.
Samsung is expected to reveal a few new devices at the event, probably hoping to grab some limelight before Apple does the iPhone 5 launch event and steals it all.
Until now, we were thinking that Samsung might be launching a few new Android smartphones at the event, possibly an upgraded version of the Galaxy S 2. But today, according to a report by the guys at TIMN, Samsung is planning to launch three new devices. The information about these new devices was apparently hidden within Samsung’s own teaser app for Android.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7
This will be the 7 inch version of the new Galaxy Tab. It will likely run Android 3.2 Honeycomb and will have specifications similar to the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Samsung Wave 3
This will be a smartphone running the new version of the Bada OS, Samsung’s pet project. With Google buying Motorola, most Android manufacturers must be feeling pretty insecure right now, but at least Samsung has an alternative – its own homegrown OS. Expect the Wave 3 to rival the Samsung Galaxy S 2 in terms of specifications, similar to the Wave and the Galaxy S.
Samsung Galaxy Note
Now this is the most interesting part. I think it may be an ebook reader, possibly powered by Android, but I’m not sure. With Amazon planning to enter the tablet space, Samsung may be planning to take the fight to Amazon. It will probably be an inexpensive device, which will compete with Amazon’s rumored tablet and serve the budget end of the market, which we know is a potential gold mine for anyone who figures out how to manufacture good, cheap tablets.
The Samsung Unpacked event is just a week away; we will keep you updated.
Samsung isn’t scared of the Google and Motorola Mobility buyout, right? Maybe they simply knew it was inevitable. Back at Mobile World Congress 2010, Samsung announced the Wave, their first Bada powered smartphone. They wanted to bring their own apps, their own little ecosystem and their own proprietary experience to users, in the form of TouchWiz on Bada.
After more than a year of working on the platform, Samsung has finally released their second iteration of the software development kit. The SDK brings along support for NFC, multitasking, HTML5 and push notifications. For developers, there is a new API for advertising, a framework built around web technologies and increased platform security.
I’m not sure if Samsung realizes this, but mobile platforms have been dropping likes flies. The Symbian Foundation closed up back in November, Nokia pulled out of MeeGo, went to Windows Phone and left Intel blowing in the wind, RIM decided to use QNX going forward from the PlayBook and HP has killed webOS. What’s even worse is that these companies have been in the business of software development for decades. Nokia’s been making phones since 1970 and RIM has been forwarding emails since the mid 90s. Samsung? They made my fridge and washing machine. They did a damn fine job too.
So they now have some platform features that iOS and Android have supported for years. They have some budget phones. They have an interface that is a complete gypsy of iOS and quite frankly, nobody likes TouchWiz. They have a defunct “app store” filled with themes and ringtones. Sounds like what they have is Symbian circa 2005 which is, surprisingly, poised to make a comeback with Nokia breathing life into it while working on Windows Phone.
Samsung has been licensing both Windows Phone and Android for their devices. Now that Microsoft is in the fold with Nokia to produce hardware, and Google has Motorola Mobility under their thumb to churn out top-tier devices, what can Samsung turn to? Looks like they’ll be bringing Bada to bat.
In a world where Nokia, RIM and Palm can’t get their software right, what chance does Samsung stand? Good luck to them. Hopefully they can jump off the Android platform and bask in the bada (it’s korean, for ocean).
Last year, Samsung launched its first Bada powered smartphone, the Samsung Wave S8500. This handset originally runs on the Bada 1.0 Operating system and comes with a 3.3 inches WVGA Super AMOLED display, 1Ghz application processor, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with HD Video recording and so on. Now you can try the new Bada 2.0 Operating System on your original Samsung wave smartphone, thanks to the leaked firmware.
Samsung Wave comes features a 3.3 inch WVGA Super AMOLED display, 1Ghz application processor, TouchWiz 3.0 UI, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with HD Video recording, support for Divx, Xvid, WMV and MP4 video files, virtual 5.1 surround sound, Stereo FM radio with RDS, 32GB expandable memory and Samsung Apps store.
The leaked firmware is currently in beta version. It comes with some new features such as the new UI, the drag-down widgets screen, Music and Social hubs, the revamped gallery with stacked albums, the 3D cover flow-like music player, the Dolphin browser 3.0 and much more. Since the leaked firmware is in beta, you might have to face some bugs and crashes.
According to the guys at GSMArena, adding new widgets to the homescreen and switching off the handset crashes the OS, IM doesn’t work with all accounts, the Google and Facebook app don’t work. Moreover, the Kies sync works only with contacts. To download the leaked Bada 2.0 firmware for the Samsung Wave smartphone, head over to this page.
The original Samsung Wave was a total VFM (Value-For-Money) phone. The handset shared the same internals as the Android powered Galaxy S, including the display albeit of a smaller size at 3.3-inches. The Wave was the first phone from Samsung to run its own home-made OS Bada.
Now, more than a year after its release the folks over at Bada-World have managed to get Android 2.2 (FroYo) up and running on the Bada powered Samsung Wave. The developers have managed to get Android 2.2 to boot on the Wave.
Most of the stuffs don’t work and the build is quite buggy. However, Wi-Fi and GSM antenna works pretty well. The overall performance is slow, but the build is very stable.
One major problem with this build is that if a user tries to launch any application on the phone, the phone will restart. Due to the reboot, some changes are made in the file system of the phone which leads to the CPU burning itself!
The developer also states that the Wave’s successor the Wave II has a higher probability of getting a stable Android 2.2 or Android 2.3 build than it.
Along with Android, Samsung has also been rolling out Bada powered smartphones regularly, since June last year. The first Bada phone, the Samsung Wave, was a huge hit, and was soon followed by the Wave 2, Wave 525, Wave 533, Wave 723 and the Wave 575.
One of the most major selling points of both Android and iOS is the number of apps and games they support. Samsung launched an SDK for Bada right at the time of launch and also launched a developer contest to entice developers into developing apps for Bada. It seems to have worked quite well, because the Samsung Apps Store just hit 100 million downloads. There are now over 13,000 apps in the Samsung application store, which is a very respectable amount. It is available on both Bada smartphones and TVs.
It is available in 120 countries. “We are anticipating that Samsung Apps will show a rapid growth in 2011,” Samsung said in the official statement.
Check out Samsung Apps for more details.