Samsung will not hold a press conference at MWC

By on February 8, 2012 at 6:20 PM.

Samsung will not hold a press conference at MWC

Samsung has confirmed that the company will not be holding a press event at this month’s Mobile World Congress trade show, reports to PCMag. At last year’s event the company introduced the Galaxy S II smartphone and in 2010 it announced its Bada mobile operating system. Samsung may still have product introductions at the show, however it will not debut them on the big stage. The company previously confirmed that the highly anticipated Galaxy S III smartphone would not be announced at the event, and BGR exclusively reported in December that Samsung has plans to unveil a new high-end tablet with a high-definition display at Mobile World Congress, though the status of those plans may have changed in light of this new development. The show runs from February 26th until March 1st. More →

No Comments

Samsung to merge Bada OS with Intel-backed Tizen

By on January 16, 2012 at 1:35 PM.

Samsung to merge Bada OS with Intel-backed Tizen

During the Consumer Electronics Show, Samsung announced that the company is working on merging its Bada mobile operating system with the open-source Tizen operating system. “We have an effort that will merge bada and Tizen,” said Tae-Jin Kan, senior vice president of Samsung’s Contents Planning Team, in an interview with Forbes. While he wasn’t aware when the work would be complete, Kang indicated that is has already begun. Read on for more. More →

No Comments

Samsung to open bada to other manufactuers, developers next year

By on September 20, 2011 at 9:20 AM.

Samsung to open bada to other manufactuers, developers next year

Samsung will open its bada mobile operating system to other manufacturers and developers next year in an effort to “reduce its reliance” on Android, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. The South Korea-based company also hopes it can deploy bada on other devices, such as smart TVs. Samsung unveiled bada in late 2009 and has used the operating system on its Wave family of handsets. According to Gartner, bada currently has a 1.9% share of the mobile OS market. Samsung’s latest bada-powered handsets include the Wave 3, Wave M and Wave Y. “For Samsung to be successful with opening bada it will need to be launched in the United States market, because that is where the most powerful developers and consumers are found,” Strategy Analytics analyst Neil Mawston told The Wall Street Journal. “If bada does not get traction in the huge U.S. market, then the odds will be stacked against success.”

10 Comments

Samsung ChatOn to bring BBM-like experience to Android, iOS, BlackBerry, bada [video]

By on August 30, 2011 at 3:49 AM.

Samsung ChatOn to bring BBM-like experience to Android, iOS, BlackBerry, bada [video]

Samsung is set to make a big splash with new products during the IFA trade show in Berlin, which kicks off later this week, and the phone maker recently announced a new group text application called ChatOn. The application allows Android, iOS, BlackBerry and bada users to create groups to quickly send and receive group text messages. The service will no doubt compete with BBM, Apple’s iMessage, Google’s Huddle, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and GroupMe, but Samsung is trying to distinguish itself from those other services by offering a more robust feature set. ChatOn lets users to see their most messaged friends, complete with “interaction ranks,” send animated text messages and share photos and videos in a shared group “trunk.” Read on for a full intro video and press release. More →

27 Comments

Samsung's next Android, Windows Phone and bada devices leaked

By on August 18, 2011 at 2:44 PM.

Samsung's next Android, Windows Phone and bada devices leaked

Several of Samsung’s forthcoming Android, Windows Phone and bada devices have been leaked by telefonino.net. If the leak is indeed legitimate, Samsung will surely have some big announcements during the Berlin-based IFA trade show in early September and probably at CTIA Fall 2011 in October as well. Starting things off, the P6200 is said to be a 7-inch Honeycomb tablet with a 1024 x 600-pixel Super AMOLED display, an HSDPA radio, a 3-megapixel camera and a 2-megapixel forward-facing camera for video chats. Also on deck is the Samsung I9250, which is apparently equipped with a 4.65-inch 1280 x 720-pixel Super AMOLED HD display, a 5-megapixel camera and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Samsung’s first Windows Phone Mango device could be the Samsung i8350 Omnia W, which offers a 3.7-inch WVGA display, a 1GHz processor and a 5-megapixel camera. It’s expected to launch in October according to the report, which is on a par with Microsoft’s leaked Mango launch plans. Read on for more details on Samsung’s Android and bada handsets. More →

47 Comments

Samsung’s app store surpasses 100 million downloads

By on March 25, 2011 at 4:40 AM.

Samsung’s app store surpasses 100 million downloads

It seems like every company on the planet has its own app store these days, though some certainly fare better than others. Falling squarely into the some category is “Samsung Apps,” an app store Samsung launched in June 2010 that is accessible from various smartphones and connected televisions. Samsung on Thursday stated that its app store has now served over 100 million downloads globally less than one year after launch. Samsung Apps is showing no signs of slowing down, either. “We are anticipating that Samsung Apps will show a rapid growth in 2011,” the company said in a statement. In celebration of the 100 million-app milestone, anyone who downloads an app from Samsung Apps between March 25th and April 30th, 2011 will automatically be entered to win one of several prizes including Samsung Galaxy Tab tablets, Galaxy Players, UBS sticks and free app downloads from the Samsung Apps marketplace. More →

18 Comments

Samsung unveils Wave 578, its newest Bada phone

By on February 15, 2011 at 3:41 AM.

Samsung unveils Wave 578, its newest Bada phone

Samsung unveiled its new Wave 578 smartphone at Mobile World Congress on Monday, and the entry-level handset is the latest to feature the cell phone maker’s proprietary Bada mobile operating system. Beyond building smartphones that run Google’s Android OS and Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 platform, Samsung also maintains its own operating system called “Bada.” While Samsung has not given Bada much of a presence here in the U.S., devices carrying the OS have been quite popular in other markets. The Wave 578 looks to build on that success by including an NFC chip in the device alongside a 3.2-inch WQVGA touchscreen display, a 3.2-megapixel rear camera, a secondary front-facing camera for video chat, HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and push notification support. “With the Samsung Wave 578 handset, we will provide the latest innovation in mobile industry running on bada platform,” Samsung president J. K. Shin said in a statement. “The enhanced connectivity, design and social experiences enabled by this handset, represent Samsung’s commitment to democratizing the smart phone market and providing users around the world with access to rich experiences and content.” The Samsung Wave 578 will begin rolling out in May in Europe and other markets, and it is not expected to launch in the U.S. Hit the break for Samsung’s full press release and Wave 578 specs. More →

6 Comments

Samsung Bada 2.0 to get multitasking, push notifications, a new UI and more

By on December 20, 2010 at 2:23 PM.

Samsung Bada 2.0 to get multitasking, push notifications, a new UI and more

Samsung took some time at a developer day event in South Korea to note that it will have sold 5 million Bada-powered Wave phones when 2010 comes to an end. It also projects sales of more than 10 million Wave devices in the first half of 2011 alone. Most of the attention at the event, however, was focused on the host of features Samsung said it will introduce in version 2 of its in-house mobile operating system. Among the more notable additions making their way to Bada 2.0 are third-party multitasking support, push notification support, an updated UI that will include a “smart home-screen,” enhanced security, an integrated ad network, carrier billing support, HTML5, NFC and speech recognition. Needless to say, Bada 2.0 is set to be a huge update that could put Bada on par with most modern smartphone operating systems when it launches in the first half of 2011. Hit the break for a slide containing all of the noted enhancements we can look forward to in Bada 2.0. More →

17 Comments

Samsung now partnering with Skyhook Wireless

By on July 2, 2010 at 10:54 PM.

Samsung now partnering with Skyhook Wireless

skyhook-logo

Samsung and Skyhook Wireless confirmed Friday that the Korean handset manufacturer will incorporate Skyhook’s Core Location Platform into its mobile handset lineup. Not surprisingly, the first handset to get Skyhook’s impressive location service will be the Bada-powered Samsung Wave S8500. Samsung did not single out any additional handsets for Skyhook integration but presumably the Wave will be the first of many handsets to feature this precision location information. Full press release is after the jump. More →

6 Comments

Rogers to get the Samsung Wave, too

By on July 2, 2010 at 9:37 PM.

Rogers to get the Samsung Wave, too

rogers-samsung-wave

It looks like Bell won’t be the only Canadian carrier to offer the Samsung Wave. According to MobileSyrup, Rogers dealerships from coast to coast have begun receiving display units. So far pricing and a release date have not been communicated to employees, but with Bell expected to launch the Bada smartphone on July 8th, we can’t imagine that Rogers will be wanting to take its time. More →

6 Comments

Bell launching the Samsung Wave on July 8th

By on June 24, 2010 at 8:40 AM.

Bell launching the Samsung Wave on July 8th

bell-wave

Thanks to one of our Northern connects, we’re now able to confirm that the Samsung S8500 Wave will be launching in Canada on July 8th. To be available through Bell, the Bada-based Wave’s notable features include a 3.3″ WVGA Super AMOLED display, 5 megapixel camera with 720p video capture, 1GHz processor and TouchWiz 3.0. The launch memo we were forwarded mentions a retail price of $299.95, though clearly that is just a holder as the actual price has yet to be finalized and will not be passed along to employees until the 28th of June. Anyone interested?

Thanks, J.! More →

8 Comments

Samsung announces the Wave 2 and Wave 2 Pro

By on June 15, 2010 at 8:00 AM.

Samsung announces the Wave 2 and Wave 2 Pro

samsung-wave-2-pro

The original bada-powered Wave has only been on sale for a couple of months, but two new models were announced today by Samsung.  Known as the S5250 Wave 2 and S5330 Wave 2 Pro, both devices are more or less identical save for the fact that the Pro model has a sliding QWERTY keypad. This means that everything else, be it the 3.2″ WQVGA touchscreen display, 3 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, A-GPS, 80MB of internal memory, quad-band EDGE (no UMTS/HSDPA) and TouchWiz 3.0 UI is the same across the two devices. Both the Wave 2 and Wave 2 Pro will be available in South East Asia and Russia this August. More →

11 Comments

Samsung: 50% of our smartphones will run Android, 33% bada

By on May 1, 2010 at 2:48 PM.

Samsung: 50% of our smartphones will run Android, 33% bada

samsung-logo-w500

Samsung wasn’t kidding around when it promised to boost its Android offerings in 2010. Speaking to analysts on Friday, Samsung executives noted that over 50% of the Korean company’s smartphones slated for release in 2010 will run Google’s mobile OS. Taking up much of the remaining slack will be bada, Samsung’s very own OS. As it stands, the Wave is the sole announced bada handset (keep in mind we have seen more), but by the end of 2010 approximately 1/3 of Samsung’s smartphones should run the Linux-based platform. Samsung is the world’s second largest manufacturer of mobile phones having sold 64.3 million devices in Q1. More →

17 Comments