Tag Archives: Bada

Samsung to announce Wave successor tomorrow?

14 Jun

Samsung is speculated to announce the successor to its first Bada phone – the Wave – to kick off things at CommunicAsia tomorrow. Samsung Hub is claiming that the company would announce the Wave 2 and Wave 2 Pro (with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard) at the show. We find that pretty strange timing considering that the Wave has just started hitting shores in different markets (pun intended). The last thing a company could do is announce a successor to a product which hasn’t yet hit shelves.

Other phones on the roster include a couple of Android phones, the i5000 being one of them, and a WinMo-based Omnia Pro 4. Well, we would have to wait for less than 24 hours to know whether all this is for real. Hang in there till then.

Four upcoming Bada phones unveiled in a presentation!

6 Apr

What we see here in the picture are the four upcoming Samsung Bada phones which have been showcased in a presentation during the Bada Developer Day. Dudes at the PhoneReport wasted no time and clicked the picture of the slide. Through this picture, we can expect two bar models and two slide-out QWERTY models in this upcoming range. Samsung also mentioned that these upcoming Bada phones would also be pocket friendly. As for the specs, we know it’s tough to wait patiently for the time when the hardware and the software details will be out in the wild. So till then hold back and wait!

 

After explaining a great deal about their Bada platform, the Korean vendor also rattled about their latest TouchWIZ 3.0 UI. The company also shared its future plans to make Bada smartphones available in 75 countries and to also offer more than 6,500 apps with their platform.   

Hands on: Samsung Wave at MWC

3 Mar

For a change, Samsung had just one major announcement at MWC – the Wave, Sammy’s first phone running on the Bada platform. While the specs sound awesome – a 1 GHz processor and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi support – our first impression of Bada was that it was inspired by the iPhone and Android operating systems. It is smooth and no doubt seems very user friendly, it lacks the ‘wow’ factor that we’d expect from a new platform. In my opinion, Samsung’s Bada is aimed at Nokia and its ailing Symbian platform than really taking on the likes of Apple and Google.

It is a good strategy from Samsung, as it will continue to have Android smartphones in its portfolio and Bada would essentially counter Nokia’s S60 devices. What remains to be seen is how big a hole would the Wave burn in our pockets. The sweet spot, in our opinion, would be somewhere close to Rs 20,000.

Check out the hands on video below and let us know what you think.

RIM BESX rumours stoke MWC frenzy

14 Feb

With the Mobile World Congress 2010 hours away from kicking off, everyone is making announcements or contriving leaks. So we have heard of the first phone running on the Samsung Bada OS, news of SPB developing a skin for Android, talk of a Zune phone…and now RIM has added to the speculation frenzy around the event by saying that it will make a major announcement on Thursday. Needless to say, we do not have the slightest idea about what they are going to unveil on said day, but tongues are already wagging that the famed BlackBerry Enterprise Server is going to go free and/or unlimited and/or (hey, these are rumours, remember!) the announcement of a major over the air (OTA, to use the abbreviation) service for BlackBerry users. We do not really know what is going to happen yet, but we must admit that things are building up nicely. We have our editor in Barca and will keep you informed of whatever transpires. 

Watch this space. Or rather, bookmark this site!

Mobile World Congress 2010: Preview

13 Feb

Here I am waiting at Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport, enroute to Barcelona for yet another edition of Mobile World Congress (MWC), For those who haven’t heard about the event (I’m surprised you are reading this), MWC is the world’s largest telecom show where every brand in the industry unveils their offerings for the rest of the year. It is THE event, where trends are set and old benchmarks are bettered. So what can we expect from this year’s MWC?

Nokia: There have been some murmurings that Nokia might not introduce any ‘flagship’ device at its February 15 press event. We believe that Nokia would focus more on services — Nokia Money, Life Tools, Ovi — and probably even introduce some basic phones aimed at emerging markets. This fits well with the ‘Connecting People’ theme that Nokia has chosen for its two-day parallel event. But stranger things have happened in the past — the N86 did not figure in last year’s announcement, but a press release for it ‘somehow’ found its way in the press kit — and we wouldn’t be surprised if Nokia does announce a high-end phone or two.

Samsung: This is one handset vendor that will be making headlines at the show. Samsung will, for the first time, showcase devices running on its Bada platform that it had announced late last year.

Microsoft: With Steve Ballmer confirmed to present at Microsoft’s press conference on Monday, it is logical to assume that it will be a significant announcement. And knowing Microsoft, that would translate into WinMo 7.0 and probably some music and cloud-based services.

Sony Ericsson: The troubled handset vendor is organising a press conference tomorrow. I’m really keen to see what they have in store, considering that their first Android phone — the XPERIA X10 — is not available in most markets, yet. Earlier leaks have indicated a Symbian-based smartphone as well as a mini-version of the X10.

HTC: That’s a no-brainer. We have already seen a few leaked WinMo and Android smartphones and usually HTC roadmap leaks have proved to be pretty accurate in the past.

INQ Mobile: The winner of last year’s best handset award will be showcasing its first Android-based social networking phone.

There’s so much more that I want to write but here comes the announcement for my flight. We will be Tweeting live from most press conferences so don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @cellpassion.

Smartphones to account for 64 pc of the profits for handset industry: Informa Telecoms & Media

17 Dec

Smartphones are the fastest growing and the most profitable segment of the mobile handset industry, according to a forecast by Informa Telecoms & Media. The market research outfit predicts that smartphones are likely to grow by 36 percent in 2010.

 

Though the smartphones would account for 27 percent of the total number of handsets sold in 2010 but the profits generated by smartphones would be as high as 64 percent of the total profits produced by the mobile handset industry.

 

The Average Selling Price (ASP) of a smartphone is usually high as compared to other devices. High ASP’s has led to the growing profitability of the smartphone industry which in turn has attracted many incumbents such as Nokia, Samsung, LG, Motorola and Sony Ericsson to join the league. Existing players such as RIM, Apple and HTC are still leading the smartphone industry though many new players have arrived. Informa Telecoms & Media expects the market share of these four challengers to shoot to 35 percent of all smartphones sold in 2009 from 24 percent in 2007.

 

Nokia and Microsoft are overhauling their operating systems with an aim of capturing a challenging position in the global smartphone industry. Recently Samsung launched its Bada OS in an effort to make every ordinary device a smartphone. Google’s Android, which is getting popular day-by-day, seems to be a lifesaver for other incumbents. In the coming period, Motorola, Sony Ericsson and Samsung are soon to launch smartphones based on Android with a clear aim of innovating their smartphone portfolio.

Samsung's 'bada' announcement: key points

8 Dec

Samsung has issued a press release mere 15 minutes before the actual press conference in London where the Korean electronics giant will unveil its Bada platform for the first time. While we wait for the event to begin, here are some key takeaways from today’s announcement.

Samsung bada is a driving force in accomplishing Samsung’s vision of a ‘smartphone for everyone.’ To achieve this vision, Samsung bada offers a feature-rich platform for enhanced mobile experiences for consumers, and a complete mobile ecosystem through a developer support program that both the application store and consumers will benefit from.

As we have reported earlier, Bada will work on Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface. Applications developed using the SDK will have access to sensor APIs as well as native apps capability of calling the adress book, sending text messages or making phone calls. It is the first time that a non-smartphone platform will, to an extent, imitate smartphone features.

Current Bada development partners include micro blogging service Twitter, movies and games rental outlet Blockbuster, Video and iconic games developers CAPCOM, EA Mobile, and Gameloft.

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