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Samsung to Release Two NFC-enabled Bada 2.0 Phones

Samsung to Release Two NFC-enabled Bada 2.0 Phones

Samsung plans to release two NFC-enabled smartphones later this year, based in their proprietary OS, Bada 2.0. Samsung reported last week that the French arm of the company had sold 2.1 million smartphones in France in 2010, and expects to sell 6 million this year, with 25% of the phones running on Bada. A high end model is due out in September and a low end model will follow in November.

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iPhone most satisfying smartphone but Android users loyal tips research

iPhone most satisfying smartphone but Android users loyal tips research

iPhone owners are most platform loyal, rating their smartphone satisfaction the highest, according to research by Zokem, but existing Android owners are most likely to stick to their platform of choice when buying a new device. That's the results of the latest batch of US stats, which suggest that iPhone and Android see the lowest platform churn among smartphone platforms.

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Samsung Bada 2.0 detailed: NFC, multitasking, SNS & more

Samsung Bada 2.0 detailed: NFC, multitasking, SNS & more

Samsung's bada OS continues to be the silent runner among smartphone platforms, and the company is aiming big with bada 2.0. Announced at the bada developer day in South Korea, bada 2.0 will introduce NFC support, a boosted UI, third-party social-networking service integration and an all-new SDK with support for Linux and Mac.

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bada Developer Challenge pays out $2.7m; 5m bada phones sold by end of 2010

bada Developer Challenge pays out $2.7m; 5m bada phones sold by end of 2010

Samsung continues to chug away at its bada smartphone platform, and with good reason if recent reports of iPhone-style market penetration rates are anything to go by. The company has just wrapped up the bada Developer Challenge, handing out $2.7m between 34 winning developer teams, and to celebrate all the successful apps are being offered free.

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Samsung’s bada most successful OS launch since iPhone?

Samsung’s bada most successful OS launch since iPhone?

Samsung's bada OS didn't convince us at its launch, and the first bada device - the Samsung Wave S8500 - was soon overshadowed by the Android-based Galaxy S. Turns out, that may have been too hasty; according to the most recent smartphone figures, crunched by Tomi Ahonen, bada's launch has been the most successful OS debut since that of the original iPhone.

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Samsung Wave II S8530 pops up in the wild

Samsung Wave II S8530 pops up in the wild

Samsung's new Wave II S8530 has shown up in the wild, complete with the latest bada 1.2 OS and a larger display than its Wave S8500 predecessor.  HDBlog grabbed some hands-on time, finding the switch from 3.3-inch Super AMOLED to 3.7-inch Super LCD means the Wave II is thicker than the old model.

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Samsung Wave II S8530 gets bigger but dumps Super AMOLED

Samsung Wave II S8530 gets bigger but dumps Super AMOLED

Samsung's Wave S8500 was a classic case of great hardware let down by mediocre software - in its case bada - and unfortunately we've no reason to assume its successor will be any different.  The Samsung Wave II S8530 looks a whole lot like the original Wave but in fact has a bigger 3.7-inch Super LCD touchscreen rather than the S8500's 3.3-inch Super AMOLED panel.

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Samsung Apps hits 14m bada downloads: HDTV domination next?

Samsung Apps hits 14m bada downloads: HDTV domination next?

Samsung is celebrating the first anniversary of its Samsung Apps software market, with the app store now available in 109 countries and having seen more than 14m bada downloads in the past twelve months; problem is, they're less keen to shout about how many titles there are in there altogether.  Samsung Apps isn't just about smartphones, though; it's also their TV app platform, and with the company's executives talking about a home-grown smartphone/TV platform together with Android's HDTV potential, it leaves Samsung with a big decision to make.

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Samsung Will Push Android, Keep Bada and Windows Phone 7 in the Backseat

Samsung Will Push Android, Keep Bada and Windows Phone 7 in the Backseat

Being a phone manufacturer first, and a software developer second, means that you get options. Especially when you're in the smartphone market. For Samsung, who just recently unveiled Bada as their proprietary mobile Operating System, they've still got other platforms to jump onto and show off to the world, even if Bada isn't the success they'd probably like it to be. And, while Windows Phone 7 has been shown off (almost primarily) on a Samsung-manufactured device, it looks like the company has other plans: they're going to focus on Android, and put Windows Phone 7 and Bada in the background.

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Samsung Wave 723 tries bada on mainstream hardware

Samsung Wave 723 tries bada on mainstream hardware

We can't say we were overwhelmingly convinced with Samsung's bada smartphone OS back when we reviewed the Wave S8500, the handset's high-end specs doing most of the wowing, so we'll be interested to see how a more affordable model fares.  Samsung has just outed the Wave 723 (GT-S7320E), apparently intended to further "democritize" the smartphone market, with a 3.2-inch WQVGA LCD display, 5-megapixel camera and dualband UMTS/HSPA.

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Nokia E7, Samsung i8700 Cetus, HTC Gold and Ace all dated in UK cellphone roadmap leak

Nokia E7, Samsung i8700 Cetus, HTC Gold and Ace all dated in UK cellphone roadmap leak

Salt-cellars at the ready, but online phone comparison site Omio reckons they've got the scoop on some key UK handsets set to debut in the second half of 2010.  Billed as freshly leaked from an unspecified UK retailer, the roadmap contains such gems as the HTC Vision and hitherto-unheard-of HTC Ace arriving alongside the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 in October, while November will see HTC's first Windows Phone 7 device together with the QWERTY-blessed Nokia E7 and Samsung i8700 Cetus.

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Samsung Galaxy Q QWERTY Android phone due in US by end of 2010

Samsung Galaxy Q QWERTY Android phone due in US by end of 2010

We're still in the middle of pinching ourselves at the shiny, rich loveliness of the Samsung Galaxy S' Super AMOLED display, so the thought of not one QWERTY version but two is almost too much for us to take.  According to Korea Times, along with the Galaxy S Pro, Samsung are planning the Samsung Galaxy Q, another Android handset, to reach US shelves "by the end of [the] year."

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