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.”
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 →
Late yesterday, Microsoft decided to shed a little light on exactly what the Windows Phone 7 gaming scene would look like at launch time. And we have to say… it’s looking pretty healthy. Microsoft listed sixty two different titles that it described as the “first wave” of games coming to its new mobile operating system. The titles include Asphalt 5, Assassins Creed, Guitar Hero 5, Splinter Cell Conviction, two Star Wars titles, and two offerings for those who fancy Zombie slaying. If you’re more of a lamer ( that’s lame-gamer) like myself, there are titles for you too: 3D Brick Breaker Revolution, Brain Challenge, Solitaire, The Oregon Trail, and UNO. The games will all be integrated into the Xbox Live feature of your shiny new Windows phone. It looks like Microsoft is going to come out swinging in the smartphone gaming space… and we say: good for them. Hit the jump to check out the full list of titles. Let us know if there is one in-particular that tickles your fancy. More →
Yesterday, Google announced that it would discontinue development of its futuristic real-time communication tool known as Wave. The post reads:
Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked. We don’t plan to continue developing Wave as a standalone product, but we will maintain the site at least through the end of the year and extend the technology for use in other Google projects. The central parts of the code, as well as the protocols that have driven many of Wave’s innovations, like drag-and-drop and character-by-character live typing, are already available as open source, so customers and partners can continue the innovation we began. In addition, we will work on tools so that users can easily “liberate” their content from Wave.
The post continues by saying the Wave taught the company quite a bit, and that Google was proud of the Wave team for pushing the limits of computer science and the browser. RIP Google Wave 2009 — 2010. More →
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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
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.