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.
Along with the Wave 3, Samsung also announced two new Bada phones, the Wave M and Wave Y. The Wave M is a mid-range bada powered handset, while the Wave Y is a low-end one.
The Wave M comes with a 3.65-inch TFT display with HVGA (320×480) resolution. On the other hand, the Wave Y comes with a 3.2-inch HVGA (320×480) display. Both the phones come with the usual Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, microSD card slot and bunch of sensors. Both the handsets also come with around 2GB of internal memory, and an NFC chip.
The back of the M sports a 5MP camera with an LED flash. A VGA camera also resides in the front of the phone. The Y has a 2MP fixed focus camera with an LED flash. Both the handsets are capable of recording videos in HVGA resolution.
Samsung did not mention anything about the SoC, which powers both these handsets. Like the Wave 3, the M and Y also run on the recently announced bada 2.0 OS. Samsung will be showcasing both the handsets at the upcoming IFA event. The handsets will hit the retail stores sometime in October this year, at an unknown price.
Samsung has just announced a trio of new Bada powered handsets – the Wave 3, Wave M and Wave Y. All the three handsets run on the recently announced Bada 2.0 OS.
The Wave 3, as the name suggests, is the successor to the original Wave and the Wave 2. The phone has a metal body, unlike Sammy’s highly popular Galaxy S series, and has a slim waistline of 9.9mm. The 3rd generation Wave also packs a 4-inch Super-AMOLED display with WVGA (800×480) resolution.
The handset is powered by a speedy 1.4GHz single-core processor from Qualcomm (MSM8255TT), and packs 512MB of RAM and 3GB of internal memory.
The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi Direct, GPS with A-GPS, microSD card slot and a 3.5mm audio jack are also present. The usual array of sensors are also present. The back of the Wave sports a 5MP camera with an LED flash, which is also capable of recording videos in 720p HD resolution. There is also a front-facing VGA camera for all your video-calling needs.
The Wave 3 runs on the recently announced Bada 2.0 OS, and also features Sammy’s own multi-platform messaging service, ChatOn. The handset will be backed up by a beefy 1500mAh battery.
The Samsung Wave 3 is expected to be available sometime in October this year. Samsung did not mention anything about the pricing of the handset.
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.