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Samsung extend bada with Wave 2 S5250 and Wave 2 Pro S5330

Samsung extend bada with Wave 2 S5250 and Wave 2 Pro S5330

Samsung had always promised that the Wave S8500 would be just the first of several bada devices, and now the second and third smartphones based on the platform have arrived.  The Samsung Wave 2 S5250 and Samsung Wave 2 Pro S5330 are more affordable versions of the original bada phone, each with a 3.2-inch WQVGA LCD display (rather than the Wave's Super AMOLED), no 3G (EDGE max) and a 3-megapixel camera.  The Wave 2 Pro also gets a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

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Samsung Wave S8500 Review

Samsung Wave S8500 Review

From its confusing launch back in December 2009, to its feature-packed handset debut at Mobile World Congress and then all the way to the SlashGear test bench today, Samsung's bada OS has had a rocky journey. Showing up for the first time on the Samsung Wave S8500, the new platform promises the flexibility of a smartphone OS with the easy usability of a feature-phone. That makes this a double review, perhaps: new platform, new phone. Does bada really have a future in the competitive cellphone market?

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Samsung Wave S8500 gets European launch

Samsung Wave S8500 gets European launch

Samsung have announced that their Wave W8500 smartphone - the first handset to run the bada OS, not to mention to have both Bluetooth 3.0 and WiFi 802.11n support - is now available in Germany, France, the UK and other "European countries".  The handset has a 3.3-inch WVGA Super AMOLED display, 720p HD video playback and recording, and a 5-megapixel camera; however Samsung aren't particularly forthcoming on where exactly you can buy the handset.

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Samsung Wave S8500 hits Vodafone UK June 1st

Samsung Wave S8500 hits Vodafone UK June 1st

Vodafone UK have thrown their hat into the bada ring and announced that they are taking preorders for the Samsung Wave S8500.  Priced from free on a new contract, the Wave S8500 will arrive on June 1st 2010 complete with a 3.3-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 5-megapixel autofocus camera and a 1GHz processor.

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Samsung bada SDK open to all

Samsung bada SDK open to all

Samsung have pushed out the latest beta build of their bada OS SDK for affordable smartphones, and it's now available for anybody to download.  Signing up at the bada developers site gets you access to the integrated development environment (IDE), bada simulator, UI builder, some sample applications, documentation and tutorials; if you're familiar with C/C++ then Samsung reckon you should be able to quickly get up to speed with bada.

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Samsung Bada mobile devices surface for mid-range market

Samsung Bada mobile devices surface for mid-range market

Samsung has already been talking up its Bada OS for a while now. The Bada SDK turned up back in November 2009. Devices running the OS are on the market and a few details of some coming Bada handsets tipped up at a Russian meeting.

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Samsung Wave S8500 gets Euro 3G certification ahead of April 2010 launch?

Samsung Wave S8500 gets Euro 3G certification ahead of April 2010 launch?

While we were over at the GCF scoping out the Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus, we also noticed a new listing for a Samsung handset, the GT-S8500.  Better known as the Samsung Wave S8500, the Bada based smartphone-for-the-masses has been approved by the GCF with 900/2100MHz UMTS/HSDPA.

Video demo of the Wave S8500 after the cut

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Mobile OS Madness in Barcelona

Mobile OS Madness in Barcelona

Another Mobile World Congress in Barcelona has come and gone, and this one was clearly Microsoft’s show. “Windows Phone 7 Series” is nearly impossible to say out loud, but the OS itself meets the user interface bar set by Apple and Palm while tying together all of Microsoft’s consumer brands. I got hands on time with a prototype and was impressed, but if you want an early look yourself, you don’t need to be an analyst with access to high level Microsoft executives, you just need to scrape together $220 and buy a Zune HD. Zune lends WP7 both its user interface conventions and its PC software for media management, synchronization, and purchase. Microsoft still needs to convince developers to support the platform, but the company is relevant in mobile again for the first time in years.

Samsung Wave S8500 hands-on

Samsung Wave S8500 hands-on

We didn't hide our confusion back at the Samsung bada launch late last year; at the time, a disappointingly vague presentation and a complete absence of demo devices left us uncertain as to where Samsung expected the new smartphone-for-the-masses platform to fit into the current ecosystem. Having spent some decent hands-on time with the first bada phone, the Samsung Wave S8500, and our very own hands-on at MWC 2010 - we're a little more confident in the device if not the positioning. Check out our first impressions - and video - after the cut.

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Samsung Wave S8500 gets previewed

Samsung Wave S8500 gets previewed

We have already talked a bit about the Samsung Wave smartphone that has been spied at MWC. The device is the first Bada smartphone to come from Samsung and the gang at Mobile-review has landed a hands on preview of the device.

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Samsung Wave powered-by Bada OS featuring 3.3-inch Super AMOLED & Bluetooth 3.0

Samsung Wave powered-by Bada OS featuring 3.3-inch Super AMOLED & Bluetooth 3.0

Samsung’s very first Bada handset – the Wave (S8500) was announced earlier tonight. The Wave is one of the first handset feature Bluetooth 3.0. The 3.3-inch “Super AMOLED” display with 800x480 resolution doesn’t offer multitouch but instead a brighter, clearer and less reflective thanks to the OnCell technology. Samsung went the extra mile by adding mDNle (mobile Digital Natural Image engine) technology, which originated in Samsung’s LCD TV and LED TV.

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Samsung Wave Bada phone spotted already

Samsung Wave Bada phone spotted already

If you want to keep your upcoming cellphone quiet until its triumphant MWC 2010 debut, it's probably a bad idea to put up a huge banner showing it in all its glory.  Unfortunately Samsung didn't appear to get that memo, and so we have the first official shots of the Samsung Wave, running their new Bada platform.

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