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Possibly one of the most anticipated gadget launches of the year, the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S4 this week has certainly raised the bar for smartphone manufacturers. The device under the spotlight, features an unprecedented 13 MP / 2 MP camera combo with stunning smooth graphics powered by its 1.9GHz processor and displayed on its 5.0″ screen with 441 pixels per inch. However, putting the impressive hardware aside, one can’t help but drool over the software capabilities that the S4 boasts. In the current Android-dominated smartphone market, it simply isn’t enough to produce a high end device capable of running the Android platform. Granted, other manufacturers like HTC have attempted to customise the software, but none have made as much progress as Samsung. As if the touchwiz interface isn’t enough to draw your attention to the device, Samsung offers it’s own well designed suite of applications. Samsung devices offer the Readers Hub, Music Hub, Social Hub, Samsung…

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Hi OMG! bada! Readers!

If you’re wondering why this blog hasn’t been updated in a while, don’t feel down :)

We’re working on a new site with added features, coming to you soon!

Watch this space!

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WhatsApp for bada Day sets in globally! Spread the word!

bada fans, users and tech geeks… Welcome to WhatsApp for bada Day! As the day sets in across the globe, let us spread the word and help to show WhatsApp developers that there is a market for the app on the bada platform!

What can you do?

See our event page at: http://www.calabashdesign.co.za/whatsappforbada.html details!!!

Being a part of this campaign is as easy as 1,2,3:

  1. Tweet to WhatsApp
    Tweet a request to @whatsapp
    using the hashtag #whatsappforbadaexample: @whatsapp Please will you develop WhatsApp for bada :)
    #whatsappforbada
  2. Flood Facebook
    Comment on posts on this Facebook page: WhatsApp on Facebook.
    Again request kindly for WhatsApp on bada.
  3. Send an email to Whatsapp
    Send an email to support@whatsapp.com
    requesting that the app be developed for bada.
    At first, you will receive an automated response. Reply to that
    automated response with the same request. The second request is usually
    ignored, so later during the day, reply for the third time with the
    same request.

28 February: WhatsApp-for-bada Day!

With Samsung bada climbing higher in the smartphone market, the increasing number of bada users are looking for a good cross-platform messaging app and from what we have gauged, most users are longing for Whatsapp to be ported to the platform.

WhatsApp for badaAs OMG! bada! we asked our readers if they are willing to participate in a campaign to demonstrate the need for WhatsApp on the bada platform. We’ve agreed on a suggestion to have Tuesday, 28th February (GMT) set aside as WhatsApp for bada Day.

So what can you do?

Do you blog about bada or any tech-related stories?

If you do and you would like to help, please spread the word about Tuesday, 28 February and direct your readers to this page for more info.

Do you use social media?

You can help to create awareness by sharing this page with your friends.

You can also make the pic below, your profile pic on all social media for the day:
3 important things to do on the day:

  • Tweet a request to @whatsapp using the hashtag #whatsappforbada

example:

@whatsapp Please will you develop WhatsApp for bada :) #whatsappforbada

Again request kindly for WhatsApp on bada.

  • THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP: Send an email to support@whatsapp.com requesting that the app be developed for bada (only do this on Tuesday, 28 February so that we can maximise the effect of the campaign). At first, you will receive an automated response. Reply to that automated response with the same request. The second request is usually ignored, so later during the day, reply for the third time with the same request.

And this is how you can help campaign for WhatsApp to be ported to bada! Have fun, be kind and don’t forget!!!

OMG! bada!

bada market share soars

Full year stats by Canalys finally show bada making the charts at 5th place

2011 was a very successful year for the bada platform. Not only did we see great improvements to the platform itself, we welcomed the introduction of new smartphones to the Wave range of phones and we watched the platform market share grow extensively. In 2011, bada achieved the second highest growth (183.1%) in the share of smartphone shipments!

What do the stats show us:

These stats reveal that bada is the largest smartphone platform that has not yet shipped to the US. This is a great achievement as the US market contributes a lot to the market share of the other platforms and also helps to spread their influence globally. bada has managed to achieve a 2.7% share of smartphone shipments while it ships to only a select few countries globally. With some countries only having received the Wave I and II devices with bada along with hundreds of Android phones from different manufacturers, this shipment share is truly an achievement to celebrate. Imagine if bada is introduced to the US, Canada and all of Africa through the Wave 3!

Windows Phone which ships globally (including the US and Canada) saw a dramatic decrease in market share in 2011, despite Nokia’s attempts to introduce it to a wider range of users. In 2008, Microsoft enjoyed a 13.6% share of the smartphone market with is Windows Mobile platform. That share dropped to just 1.4% in 2011.

It is important to note such comparisons because these comparisons are what influence app developers who opt for platforms with larger market shares to sell their apps. bada’s growth will surely attract many developers to the platform, (a fact that has already shown to be true).

So what do you expect from bada this year? A wave 4? bada 2.2? Share your thoughts with us.

REFERENCE: Canalys

bada 2.0 apps become available for the Wave I and II

Your Samsung Wave just got more AWESOME! bada 2.0 apps are beginning to arrive in the Samsung Apps store for older devices.

Until now, people using bada 2.0 on the Wave I and II have had to find alternate means to download and install new bada 2.0 apps on their devices. However, last week, Samsung Mobile started to officially roll out bada 2.0 across Europe, which meant that they would have to officially introduce bada 2.0 apps to the Wave I and II as well.

Some of the really great apps available for bada 2.0:

  • Asphalt 6 HD
  • Angry Birds
  • Taptu
  • Foursquare (coming really soon)
  • Voice alert languages
  • bada 2.0 flash themes
  • and many more…

Some countries are still waiting to receive the update, but that hasn’t stopped the introduction of bada 2.0 apps to the local Samsung Apps stores.

UPDATE FOR SOUTH AFRICAN bada USERS: In this week, Samsung Mobile South Africa announced in a Facebook comment that bada 2.0 “is currently in testing with the network operators here in South Africa and will be released soon thereafter”.

The SDK for bada 2.0 was released last year and ever since, the development of bada 2.0 apps has risen steadily. With bada 2.0 apps making their way to the store, we’ll see a significant growth in the number of apps available in the Samsung Apps store for bada. Big-name apps are also making their way to the platform. We’ve seen Angry Birds, ChatOn, Taptu and others and we’ve heard about official Foursquare, TomTom and others. This growth will surely invite more bada users and consequently more developers to the platform.

Have you updated your device to bada 2.0 via Kies recently? Tell us about the experience and what you think of the updated platform.

bada 2.0 available via Kies in EU countries

Samsung has begun rolling out official bada 2.0 firmware for the Wave I in some European countries.

Wave I users in Europe would have been delighted when they connected their devices via Kies this week; as they would’ve been prompted with a bada update for their device.

bada 2.0 has been highly anticipated by Wave users, but for many across the globe, in places like Africa, the wait is not over. Last year Samsung chose not to deliver bada 1.2 via Kies in some countries like South Africa. Wave users had to take their devices to a Samsung centre to receive the update. This year, Samsung Mobile South Africa assured users via Facebook that the update to bada 2.0 will be made available via Kies, but we’re still waiting to see the realisation of that statement.

If you’re a developer and are keen on getting custom firmware based on this latest release of bada, see the badadownload.com blog for details.

Wave Y La’Fleur launches in Ukraine

A special edition Wave Y aimed at the female market has been launched in Ukraine at just $165!

Wave Y La'FleurIn the past, Samsung brought us special editions of their devices that targeted the famle market. Now, this stylish La’Fleur design is available with a bada smartphone!

The Samsung Wave Y S5380 (La’Fleur ed) is an entry level device, featuring the powerful bada 2.0 platform. Sporting a custom theme to enhance the beauty of the phone’s exterior, this device is a must-have for the fashion-conscious!

The La’Fleur features a stylish pink rear cover with a floral motif and a sleek black-bordered front with a pink floral motif and the La’Fleur insignia below the screen. Don’t mistake this entry-level device for one lacking in power and smartphone features. At just $165, you’re getting a 3.2-inch HVGA display, Wi-Fi, GPS, TouchWiz 4.0, Bluetooth 3.0, NFC, HSDPA, 832 MHz processor, and a 2GB memory card pre-installed. The phone also has a 2MP rear camera.

For now, the La’Fleur Wave Y is available in Ukraine. Unfortunately there’s no indication as to whether it will be shipped globally just yet.

Watch this space as we bring you updated info as it arrives!

 

Source: gsmarena

bada 2.0 to get a personal assistant app to rival Siri?

Sources reveal a personal assistant app being developed for the bada platform that may prove a worthy competitor to Apple’s Siri.

Remember Viki, the AI robot from the film iRobot? How would you like Viki as your personal assistant?

Viki is currently being developed for bada 2.0. The app sports an animated “robot” assistant that answers direct questions and accepts commands. Possible questions that a user can ask Viki range from general ones like, “What is the meaning of life?” to more complex ones like, “What is 7698 + 436 +865?”. Apart from that Viki can take care of most of your personal scheduling needs from setting alarms, reminders, tasks, creating calls, sending texts and emails. Viki can also search the internet using Google.

Itseems to be offered in English (US and UK) for now, but there’s no information on whether it will support additional languages in the future. Current bada 2.0 firmware ships with Vlingo as a default voice recognition feature, but Vlingo is limited to performing a few tasks with limited commands. Viki, however is more interactive in that it provides a spoken response to commands and questions.

Is this why Samsung is holding back on  releasing bada 2.0?

Samsung was supposed to have rolled out bada 2.0 updates during Q4 of 2011, but eventually disappointed consumers by revealing that updates may only be available by as late as June 2012! The Korean company also delayed its shipment of the Wave 3 globally. Only a few countries to date have been lucky enough to welcome the device on their shores. Consumers are also concerned that the Samsung Apps store for the Wave I and Wave II have received very few additions in recent months. Perhaps Samsung does not want to be hasty in launching the updated bada 2.0 platform and the new Wave device because it is still busy polishing up great additions to the platform like Viki. After-all, when bada 2.0 goes global along with the Wave 3, Samsung will be sending out this awesome device with its well polished flagship platform that features Touchwiz 4.0, TomTom Navigation, Vlingo, Viki, Ch@tOn, Angry Birds, etc. The Wave 3 also shows off some amazing hardware from its stunning metallic body to the 4″ Super AMOLED display and its powerful 1.4GHz processor.  Surely this will create a stir in the smartphone market and will assist in reducing Samsung’s dependence on Google’s Android platform, (also another possible reason why Samsung is developing Viki to run on bada and not its Android devices). We also recently learnt that Samsung is a member of the Tizen Association, but it will not scrap bada for Tizen.

I don’t know about you, but the image of a Wave 3 (or perhaps its successor) by the end of 2012, featuring full bada 2.2 with Samsung’s own version of Siri, makes me feel all fuzzy inside! Watch this space as we bring you the latest updates and exclusive bada news!

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