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's Wave S8500 handset gets official

By on February 14, 2010 at 2:00 PM.

Samsung's Wave S8500 handset gets official

samsung-s8500

Not exactly like this came out of nowhere, but just recently in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress, Samsung announced the Wave S8500. It runs Samsung’s new OS, Bada, and is packed to the brim with features. We’re looking at a 3.3 inch “Super AMOLED” display, a 5 megapixel camera, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, a 1 GHz CPU and loads of multimedia support. If you’re a multimedia junkie, you’ll be pleased as punch to find out that the Wave will have multi codec support for DivX and XviD formats as well as 720p video recording and decoding along with “virtual” 5.1 surround sound. Pricing hasn’t been announced but look for it to start shipping in April.

35 Comments

Live photos and specifications of the Samsung S8500 Wave emerge

By on February 13, 2010 at 8:36 AM.

Live photos and specifications of the Samsung S8500 Wave emerge

Samsung-s8500-Wave-bada

Yesterday we saw the Samsung Wave from afar, today we get our first up close look at Samsung’s first Bada-powered handset. The Wave is indeed the S8500, the first handset to receive Bluetooth SIG certification for the new Bluetooth 3.0 standard. Ironically, Bluetooth was left out of the list of leaked specs but we will presume that Bluetooth 2.0 and possibly 3.0 is on board. Besides Bluetooth, the Wave will offer a 3.3 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display, five megapixel camera with autofocus and flash, 720p video, DivX support, 2GB internal memory with microSD expansion, HSDPA connectivity, Wi-Fi, 1 GHz processor, 3.5mm headphone jack, aluminum body, 1500 mAh battery, and the Bada OS with Touchwiz 3.0. The Wave has the typical appearance of a Samsung phone with two flush front buttons, a triangular four way navigational button, triangular camera and flash, and brushed metal accents. Other than the performance of the Bada OS, which will have to wait until the first hands-on video is released, all that is left to find out about this handset is its launch date and geographic availability, a not so trivial fact we hope is announced when Samsung officially unveils this handset next week at MWC. More →

35 Comments

Samsung's first Bada phone spotted on a Barcelona billboard, will be called the Wave

By on February 12, 2010 at 4:38 PM.

Samsung's first Bada phone spotted on a Barcelona billboard, will be called the Wave

Samsung-Wave-MWC

Ahead of its expected unveiling at MWC 2010, Samsung’s first Bada phone may have been spotted on a billboard outside the MWC venue in Barcelona. According to the promotional display, Samsung’s first Bada offering will called the Wave and, as expected, will be a full touchscreen device.  Whether this handset is the rumored S8200, a Bada-powered Nexus One type, or the S8500, the first Bluetooth 3.0 phone, remains to be seen. Though with MWC 2010 beginning next week, we won’t be making wild guesses about this or other Bada handsets much longer.
More →

8 Comments