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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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!