bada – Tizen merger: still no firm decision

Samsung have been quick to counter the statements made that it IS merging bada with Tizen; by saying that the move is still under careful consideration and no firm decision has been taken yet.

“Samsung and other members of Tizen Association have not made a firm decision regarding the merge of bada and Tizen. We are carefully looking at it as an option to make the platforms serve better for customers. As Samsung’s essential part of multi-platform portfolio, bada will continue to play an important role in democratizing smartphone experience in all markets. Samsung will also support open source based development and continue to work together with other industry stakeholders.” – All Things D

bada might power Tizen

Samsung may have bada power Tizen

Last week, we reported that Samsung may decide to make the bada platform and its SDK a backbone for the Tizen project. This would not kill bada, but would in fact promote the platform because all Tizen app developers will essentially be developing apps for bada (since the two will share an SDK). The move by Samsung could signal it’s shift away from the Android platform because Tizen would provide an alternative Linux-based open source platform to power the Galaxy range. Critics say that Samsung’s involvement in Tizen could cause other manufacturers to shy away from using the platform, meaning that it may not be an effective Android competitor,  Samsung admits that a decision is yet to be made.

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Why Tizen? What does it mean for bada?

sources: Reuters, Engadget

Watch this space as we bring you all the updates on this and other bada related news…

Taptu arrives on bada

bada users will be pleased to know that yet another popular app has arrived on the platform. Taptu joins other great apps like Angry Birds and Ch@tON.

“Taptu is a social news feed reader that puts all of the stuff you’re into, in one beautiful app. Taptu lets you add the content from your favorite web sites and blogs via RSS and transforms them into gorgeous visual streams. Or add, one of our specially curated streams on a variety of topics and genres. Found a news article or stream you like? Share it via Facebook, Twitter and email to your friends or family. – Samsung Apps

Demo of Taptu on Android

The recent addition of many popular apps to the bada platform shows that it is performing well in the market. Recently, we learnt that bada coined an amazing 2.2% share in the smartphone OS market by November 2011, that’s double the share it enjoyed one year ago. bada has been attracting many app developers ever since this announcement.

bada will continue to attract more app developers as the Wave 3 is launched globally. And if bada contributes to the Tizen platform, yet more apps will come this way.

Watch this space for regular updates!

Why Tizen? What does it mean for bada?

Tizen is a new project to develop an open-source, Linux-based mobile platform. That’s all great, but why do we keep on hearing about Tizen together with bada? At CES 2012, Tae-Jin Kang, Senior Vice President of Samsung’s Contents Planning Team, in an interview referred to by Forbes, said, “We have an effort that will merge bada and Tizen”.

Tizen with bada and Linux

Tizen seems to be heavily based on bada, but with a Linux kernel instead.

Tizen incorporates many components from bada
According to the Forbes report, Tizenwill support the same SDK as bada, meaning that apps built for bada (1.0 , 1.2 and 2.0) will be fully compatible on the Tizen platform. Once Tizen is up and running, app developers may easily compile an app for both Tizen and bada using the same SDK.

So why not just keep bada? A browse around the internet doesn’t reveal anything concrete about why Samsung is involved heavily in the Tizen project, when it already has bada to develop. However, we can only speculate the following:

Tizen is based on Linux and is an open source project that will most likely find itself on various devices from Samsung to the likes of Nokia (since Meego is no more). On the other hand, bada is Samsung’s own proprietary platform, built on BSD which it embeds on its own devices and associates with its own brand. There was speculation sometime last year that Samsung would make bada an open source project, but with the rise of Tizen, that seems highly unlikely.

So, how will bada, or Samsung benefit from all this?

Since Tizen will be available on various devices, the platform will draw in app developers from different spheres, pulling in a wide selection of apps. These apps will all be compatible with bada (since Tizen is heavily based on bada) and all bada devices will benefit from a greater selection of apps.

Also, Tizen is based on Linux, just like Android. Now, this is important because Samsung’s involvement in an open source Linux-based mobile platform other than Android suggests that Samsung is looking for an alternative platform to power its Galaxy range. Why would they? Google’s recent acquisition of Motorola Mobility is a red flag, signalling other mobile manufacturers away from the platform. Motorola will almost definitely benefit from the acquisition because it will most likely be Google’s device of choice on which to further develop Android, and who wants to just follow what Motorola has? Not Samsung, that’s for sure!

Sammobile recently posted leaked images of the Tizen platform on a Samsung I9500. The I9500 is a Galaxy phone (possibly Galaxy S3, but we won’t go that far in making assumptions just yet). Here are the images:

According to the Tizen Association, “The initial release of Tizen is targeted for Q1 2012, enabling first devices to come to market in mid-2012.

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The Tizen Association was launched late last year. The current companies on the Board of Directors are listed below:

Tizen Association

TomTom to make the Wave 3 even more awesome!

According to a press statement released by TomTom, “TomTom has signed a strategic deal with Samsung whereby TomTom maps and location content will power the Wave3 smartphone.”

TomTom on the Wave 3

TomTom will power the Wave 3 with navigation and search functions.

What does this mean for bada?

Currently, bada devices are embedded with Route 66 navigation, whilst Samsung’s Android range provides Google Maps. However, TomTom is a major player in the navigation technologies market and striking a deal with Samsung bada for its first official smartphone-embedded-app is certainly a booster for the bada platform. The Wave I and Wave II devices saw much lower sales compared to Samsung’s Galaxy range due to the lack of apps and, some might argue, innovation, when compared to the Android powered devices. Now that the Wave 3, powered by bada 2.0, has access to many more games like Angry Birds, apps like ChatON and embedded TomTom navigation, the sleek smartphone has many advantages to offer its consumers. This agreement is definitely a plus for bada.

What will TomTom offer?

According to the press release:

“The agreement gives Samsung access to TomTom global maps and premium location content including:”

  • “Map coverage for over 200 countries globally, providing over 35 million kilometers of road network
  • Points of Interest providing information that enables users to find the people, places and services they need, wherever they are
  • 3D City Maps and 3D Landmarks adding a dimension of clarity and reality to the map, enhancing recognition and providing a visual orientation aid
  • Enterprise Traffic delivering live road conditions, including the location and length of a traffic incident, helping drivers find the quickest route to their destination
  • Speed Cameras providing a location alert for safety related cameras to promote safe driving habits and optimize the navigation experience.”

The press release does not state whether the end-user will have to purchase additional licenses to activate the product, but from past experiences with Route66 embedded navigation, one can be assured that the service will be affordable.

According to IT Portal:

“Signing the deal with Samsung highlights TomTom’s ability to deliver the map and enhanced content needed to enable the location based services for wireless users,” said Charles Cautley, Managing Director TomTom Automotive and Licensing.

“TomTom is excited to collaborate with the global leader in the smartphone market,” he said

Watch this space as we bring you continued updates on this story throughout the year. (Can’t wait to get my hands on a Wave 3 !! )

New bada video shows-off bada 2.0 UX

If you or a friend have been considering purchasing the new Samsung Wave III or another bada device, but you’re uncertain about what the user experience is like, this new video is for you!

 

Samsung has certainly shown renewed commitment to the bada platform recently. As Samsung takes its place as the world’s largest mobile manufacturer, it surely is looking to provide a truly Samsung experience to consumers. By that I mean; consumers should use a Samsung device with Samsung software to experience a complete Samsung product.

This video showcases the stunning bada interface, which seems more than able to compete against other major platforms, however, as most bada users would agree, the only ingredient left is the addition of many more popular apps to the bada Samsung Apps store. Last year we saw the power app race which provided incentive for many developers to turn their attention to bada, and in Q1 of 2012, we have seen Samsung try to bring app developers from other platforms to bada by providing developers with guides on how to port their apps from iOS and Android to bada 2.0.

The video above is from this page at the bada website, which also explains a lot about the bada 2.0 UX and bada 2.0 services! Click here to check it out!

2012 is truly going to be an exciting year for bada!

Ch@tON for iOS

bada users frustrated by the lack of cross-platform IM clients such as WhatsApp, might be pleased to learn that Ch@tON is now available for download from the iTunes store for iOS. 

ChatON

Ch@tON is pre-installed on bada 2.0 devices (and firmware updates). The app is an instant messaging client that offers sharing of text, photos, animations and annotations. Samsung launched the service several months ago on the Android platform through its Galaxy range of phones and tablets. The App has since been available for all Android users from the Android Market. Now that the App is available for iOS users as well, bada users may add iOS contacts to their list of buddies.

Samsung plans to launch Ch@tON for RIM’s Blackberry OS as well as a web client. How well will Samsung’s chat app perform against the already well established WhatsApp? Only time will tell. Watch this space as we bring you developments throughout 2012!

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Happy Chatting! 😀

WhatsApp for bada campaign!

Many bada users have enquired from WhatsApp developers if they will be developing the app for bada, but until now, the response has been negative.

WhatsApp for bada

We think that the response has been negative mainly because WhatsApp developers do not see a potential market amongst bada users. Even though many bada users have sent emails to WhatsApp, their developers are seldom notified of these emails because an automatic system responds to the emails. However, upon replying to the automatic response, the developers are notified of the request.

What I’d like to do is create a WhatsApp-for-bada day on which as many bada users across the globe:

  • email WhatsApp thrice to request an app for bada
  • tweet with #WhatsAppForBada
  • Change their profile pics on Facebook to something uniform that says WhatsApp for bada
  • Comment on every single post on the official WhatsApp Facebook page, requesting WhatsApp for bada

Hopefully this will help to create an awareness that there are many bada users who want WhatsApp for bada.

Please leave your suggestions in the comments 🙂 Let’s pick a date!

 

Angry Birds arrives on bada!

It’s official! Rovio have developed Angry Birds for bada 2.0!

Angry Birds on bada

Yesterday, the Samsung Apps store for Wave 3 devices saw the introduction of the popular game Angry Birds developed by Rovio. The game was reportedly available for a short while before being taken down. The game should be available for download again soon.

The main requirement for the game is bada 2.0, which means that it will most likely be available for Wave I and II devices after Samsung rolls out the official updates for bada 2.0 globally. This is surely an exciting time for bada! With Angry Birds available for bada devices, the market share will surely see a rise as incentives to buy bada devices increase.

What Apps would you like to see available for bada 2.0?

bada shows significant growth in 2011

According to stats from NET Market Share, bada grew from 0.00% in July 2011 to 0.17% in December 2011.

bada market share 2011

bada market share 2011

From the (rough) statistics above, Samsung’s bada platform seems to have made major gains in market share during the second half of 2011. The highest gains were made shortly after Samsung announced the Wave 3 and other bada 2.0 devices.

These statistics are vital in encouraging third party development for the OS. In-turn, big-name apps bring more users to the system. Recently we learnt that Rovio have been developing Angry Birds for bada 2.0. An early version of the game appeared in the Samsung Apps store for S8600 devices. The news sparked a lot of interest online. It seems that all bada needs now is the arrival of other big-name apps like WhatsApp, Trapster, Evernote, etc. and consumers will be flocking to buy Samsung’s amazing range of Wave devices.

Last year, we saw bada device sales overtake that of Microsoft’s Windows Phone. With the release of bada 2.0 to the Wave I and II and the official release of the Wave 3 around the globe all expected to occur in the first half of 2012, what does the future hold for bada? Watch this space to find out 🙂

New beta bada 2.0 firmware available

bada enthusiasts will be pleased that a new beta release of bada 2.0 is available for both the Wave I and Wave II devices.

bada 2.0

Numbered at S8500XXKL6 and S8530XXKL6, the new beta release is now very close to the final release of bada 2.0, so users will not notice much of a difference between this firmware and previous beta versions such as XXKK5/7. However, this release obviously includes many bug fixes, so if you’re a beta tester and you have some cap to spare, give it a go.

Download for Wave I

Download for Wave II

* These links have been copied from Badadownload.com

If you notice any changes, or if you would like to add comments about this firmware, please comment on this post 🙂

NOTE: Beta firmware is not recommended for users needing a stable system, or users who use their mobile device as their primary means of communication. If you are willing to install beta firmware by flashing your device, please follow the correct procedures.