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┬áapps 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.

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 ­čÖé