Samsung Unveils Bada Powered Wave 578 at MWC 2011

Samsung Wave 578Looking at the series of Android powered smartphones and tablets unveiled by Samsung at the Mobile World Congress, one would think that Samsung had probably dumped the Bada OS, which it had launched about 6 months back. The Bada powered Wave was a good smartphone, but compared to the Samsung Galaxy S, it was just a blip on the radar.

Apparently, Samsung hasn’t yet given up on Bada. At MWC 2011, Samsung unveiled a new Bada powered smartphone – the Samsung Wave 578.

The Samsung Wave 578 will be a budget Bada smartphone. It has a 3.2 inch WQVGA TFT capacitive touchscreen display. It is powered by Bada 1.1 and offers the TouchWiz UI.

It is quite compact with dimensions of just 107.9 x 54.9 x 12.5 mm and weighs just slightly less than 100 gms. It has a 1200 mAh battery and will come with a 3.2 MP camera. It will also have Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and NFC.

It comes with 100 MB internal storage and support for up to 32 GB microSD cards. The Wave 578 is the first Bada phone to offer NFC support. Samsung hasn’t released any pricing or launch details yet, but if priced right (read: lower than its Android counterparts) , the Wave 578 could be a very attractive budget smartphone option.

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Samsung Launches Wave II (SHW-M210S) In South Korea

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Samsung recently launched the Bada OS powered Wave II (SHW-M210S) smartphone in South Korea. It is the first Bada powered device launched in South Korea. Samsung Wave II comes with a 3.7 inch Super Clear LCD display, 1GHz processor and much more. This handset will be exclusively available on the airwaves of SK Telecom. Wave II allows you to access hundreds of apps from the Samsung App Store.

Samsung Wave II features a 3.7 inch Super Clear LCD display, 800×480 pixels resolution, Bada operating system, 1 GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi, HSDPA, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, Audio and Video player, 2GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32GB expandable memory, 3.5mm headphone jack, Samsung App Store, 1500mAh battery and much more.

Samsung Wave II will be available in three different colors – Ebony Elegance Grey, Pink and Platinum Silver. This handset comes with a price tag of 700,000 won (approx. $630). Samsung will also offer variety of local-centric apps for Samsung Wave II users in their Samsung Apps app store.

Samsung Wave II Launched In India For Rs.20,900

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Last year, Samsung announced the fifth Bada OS powered device, the Samsung Wave II. This handset is the successor of the popular Samsung Wave smartphone. After waiting for 3 months, this handset is finally available in India. Samsung Wave II was already available at Flipkart, a popular online retailer, but now, it has been officially launched in India. This handset allows you to access hundreds of apps from the Samsung App Store.

Samsung Wave II comes with a 3.7 inch Super Clear LCD display with 800×480 pixels resolution, Bada OS, 1 GHz processor, 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi, HSDPA, Bluetooth 3.0, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and HD (720p) video recording, A-GPS, Samsung App Store, Audio and Video player, 2GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32GB expandable memory, 3.5mm headphone jack, 1500mAh battery and much more.

The powerful Samsung Wave II comes with a price tag of Rs.20,900. This handset runs on the newer version of the Bada operating system. You can easily buy this handset from your nearest retailer or any of the authorized Samsung resellers in India. Will you buy this Bada powered smartphone instead of the Android phones at 20k price tag? If yes, let us know why will you choose Bada OS instead of Android.

Samsung Wave Bada 1.2 Update To Roll Out Soon

Last year, Samsung launched its first bada powered handset the Samsung Wave. The Wave was one of the most popular handsets in 2010 thanks to its stellar screen (S-AMOLED), killer hardware specifications and the low pricing. Samsung had earlier promised that they will keep on rolling out OS updates for the handset in the future.

Now, the company will soon be rolling out the bada 1.2 update for all Wave owners in Europe thus keeping its promise. The update will be rolled out before the end of this month.

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The bada 1.2 update for the Samsung Wave will bring in a lot of changes with it including the usual performance and stability improvements along with bug fixes. bada forums all over the Internet also suggest some new pre-installed widgets like Yahoo search. The update will also install a new keyboard on the handset – ‘Trace’.

The keyboard is similar to the very popular keyboard available for Android Swype where users just need to swipe’ their fingers through the alphabets of the word they want to write.   The update will also bring in support for FLAC format in the music player along with improving the battery life and GPS performance of the device.

Samsung Wave owners in other regions of the world will get their bada 1.2 update by Q1 of this year. Wave owners in the Europe need to use the Samsung KIES software to update their handset to bada 1.2.

Samsung Wave To Get Bada 1.2 Update In Early 2011

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Samsung Wave is the first Bada OS powered smartphone. This handset is already a huge hit worldwide. Samsung managed to sell 2 million units of this powerful smartphone. Now we have a good news or all the original Wave users. Samsung recently tweeted from their Bada’s official twitter account that, the Bada 1.2 update will be available for all the Wave users by early next year.

Samsung Wave features a 3.3 inch Super AMOLED display, 1GHz processor, BADA operating system, 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording, 3G Connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, microSD memory card slot, 32GB expandable memory, 3.5mm audio jack, Built-in GPS receiver and much more.

Samsung Wave is quite popular in Europe and it is one of the best selling phones in France, Germany and Austria. The Bada 1.2 update will be first available to Europen Wave users in early 2011 and Wave users in rest of the world will receive it in Q1 of 2011. The Bada 1.2 update comes with bug fixes, improved security, T9 Trace keyboard and so on.

Top 10 Phones Of 2010

The year 2010 was all about phones with 1GHz processor, huge screens, AMOLED displays and loads of internal storage and RAM. Every known hardware manufacturer released a new handset after every 3-4 months. However, only a few of them were good enough to stand out from the crowd.

Also Read: Top 10 Android Phone in the Market

There were some phones which gave Apple’s based a run for it’s money. Microsoft also entered the foray in late 2010 with their Windows Phone 7 platform which introduced some new phones. Even Nokia came up with a good phone using the platform. So which are the top 10 phones than made a mark in 2010? Here is a list of them in my opinion.

10 – LG Optimus One

Phones are not only about high-end hardware and Super-AMOLED screen/Retina Display. Not everyone in this world is rich enough to buy a high-end Android/WP7 handset or an iPhone. While most manufacturers do launch low-end to mid-range Android based handset, they sport either a very low amount of RAM, a weak processor, or an odd resolution (Samsung Galaxy 3). The LG Optimus One is a mid-range handset, but it packs quite a punch. The handset has a 3.2-inch HVGA display and packs 512MB of RAM. The handset is powered by a 600 MHz processor, ensuring that the phone chugs along nicely.

LG Optimus One

While most high-end handsets, including the Samsung Galaxy S series, are still waiting for their Android 2.2 update, the Optimus One runs on Android 2.2 right out of the box. LG has even confirmed that the handset will get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. No wonder, the Optimus One is the most popular handset to ever come out from LG’s stable.

9 – Samsung Focus

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The problem with all Windows Phone 7 based handsets is that they are all too similar, both in hardware and in interface. The only phone which stands out from the WP7 handset crowd is the Samsung Focus. The Samsung Focus uses the awesome 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen found on the Galaxy S line-up of handsets. The Focus is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and has 512MB of RAM as well as ROM along with 8GB of internal storage. The back of the handset sports a 5MP snapper with AF (Auto-Focus) and an LED flash.

The Focus runs on WP7 and is carrier locked to AT&T. The only downside of the phone is the very low internal storage space (8GB). The Focus is the lone WP7 running handset in our Top 10 phones of 2010 and barely makes it to our list at number 9.

8 – Samsung Wave

The Samsung Wave retails for around $370 on Amazon, and that’s what makes it killer. At such a low price, the phone offers top-notch build quality and hardware. The Wave uses the same CPU that powers the Samsung Galaxy S series the 1 GHz Hummingbird processor from Samsung. The phone also packs a brilliant Super-AMOLED display, albeit a small one, at only 3.3-inches.   The Wave was the first handset from Samsung to run its brand new OS Bada.

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The phone also sports Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and a decent 5MP camera with Flash. The Wave is still the best handset for users who hardly care about apps and games for their phone.

The stellar hardware and the killer price help the Samsung Wave to make it at number 8 on our Top 10 phones for 2010.

Samsung Bada 2.0 To Bring NFC and Updated UI

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Samsung’s Bada OS has been a huge success for them selling millions of handset worldwide. Samsung introduced Bada for its mid-range device in 2010. Bada, which is currently in version 1.2 will be getting a major leap next year with its upcoming version – Bada 2.0.

Bada 2.0 will  introduce near-field communications (NFC) a feature which Google recently introduced in Android 2.3 and Nokia too has been sporting in its C7 handset. Besides the NFC, Bada 2.0 will also bring tons of features like smarter home screen, SDK support for Linux and Mac, 3rd party SNS integration, Multitasking, FlashLite 4 support and more.

Having experiences Bada OS in Samsung Wave S8500, Bada 2.0  will definitely be adding gold to its portfolio specially with the NFC which will open up lots of options for the developers.

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SPB TV Now Available For Bada Smartphones

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Earlier this month, SPB Software launched its popular application, SPB TV for Android and today the company announced the launch of this amazing app for BADA powered smartphones. SPB TV allows you to watch Live TV channels on the go. You can easily download this application from Samsung Apps. Check out the complete features of SPB TV below.

Features:

  • Full Screen TV player with picture-in-picture mode
  • Unique TV browser with fast channel launching and switching
  • A wide selection of public live TV and Video-On-Demand channels
  • Integrated TV Guide with a list of current and upcoming TV shows
  • Clever integration of mobile TV functionality with other mobile phone features
  • On-screen control panel
  • Video quality switcher
  • Setting a reminder
  • Advanced Video Codec support

A press release from the company states, “Bada’s exciting features such as 3D graphics and multipoint-touch combined with the best-in-class usability of SPB TV will make the process of watching TV on mobile device really enjoyable for the users. SPB TV for bada has recently become the winner in “Useful Applications” category in bada Developer Challenge Russia. The bada users can now get one of the best applications for bada platform the IPTV viewer with TV-like usability with over 150 channels in more than 20 languages.”

SPB TV is available for Bada smartphone users for free. This app currently supports Wave(S8500) and Wave II(S8530) smartphones. To download SPB TV, head over to this page.

Samsung Wave 723 Now Available At O2 UK

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Samsung Wave 723 is a Bada OS powered smartphone, which was announced back in August. It is the second Bada powered smartphone. This handset is finally available in the UK, exclusively on the airwaves of O2.

Samsung Wave 723 comes with a 3.2 inch Super AMOLED Display, Bada 1.1 OS, TouchWiz UI, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, 5 mega pixel camera with LED Flash and Auto Focus, A-GPS, MicroUSB, Accelerometer and more.

Other features include ActiveSync support, Social Hub, Dolfin Browser 2.0, Samsung Apps, 3.5mm audio jack, 220MB internal memory, 16GB expandable memory, Music player with SoundAlive, up to 700 hours stand-by time, up to 14 hours 20 minutes talktime and 1200 mAh battery.

Samsung Wave 723 is currently available for free with a 2 years contract agreement and a monthly plan of at least £20.

Samsung Launches Wave 525 And Wave 533 In India

Samsung recently launched the Bada OS powered Wave 525 and Wave 533 smartphones in India. Both the Wave 525 and Wave 533 comes with a 3.2 inch TFT display, Wi-Fi, 3 megapixel camera, A-GPS, microSD card slot and 1200 mAh battery. The specs of both the phones are similar, expect the slide-out QWERTY keyboard in Wave 533. Check out the complete specs below.

Samsung Wave 525:

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Samsung Wave 525 features a 3.2 inch TFT display with 240 x 400 pixels resolution, BADA OS, TouchWiz 3.0, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, MicroUSB, Wi-Fi, 3 megapixel camera, A-GPS, Accelerometer, Dolfin browser 2.0, Samsung Apps, 3.5mm headphone jack, FM Radio, Music player with SoundAlive, Social Hub, 100MB internal memory, microSD card slot, 16GB expandable memory and a 1200 mAh battery.

Samsung Wave 533:

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Samsung Wave 533 comes with a 3.2 inch WQVGA TFT display with 240 x 400 pixels resolution, BADA OS, Slide-Out QWERTY keyboard, TouchWiz 3.0, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, MicroUSB, Wi-Fi, 3 megapixel camera, A-GPS, Samsung Apps, 3.5mm headphone jack, FM Radio, FM recording function, Music player with SoundAlive, 100MB internal memory, 16GB expandable memory, microSD card slot, Accelerometer, ActiveSync support, Social Hub, Dolfin browser 2.0 and a 1200mAh battery.

Samsung Wave 525 and Wave 533 comes with a price tag of Rs. 8,800 and Rs. 9,900 respectively.

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