The Samsung Wave II, which will ship in November, runs Bada 1.2, features a 3.70-inch display and responds to user requests following the original Wave, says Samsung.
Samsung may be posting strong growth figures, following the launch
of its Android-running line of Galaxy smartphones, but the open-source
Google operating system isn't the only platform the company is betting
on. On Oct. 6, it unveiled the Wave II, which like the original Wave, introduced at the Mobile World Congress in February,
runs Samsung's open-source Bada platform.
The Wave II, Samsung President JK Shin said in a press statement,
responds to the feedback consumers offered following the Wave. It
features a 3.7-inch TFT-LCD screen, runs the latest edition of Bada,
version 1.2, can support multiple video formats and HD video recording,
and using software by t9 Trace offers QuickType - which is said to
enable users to type more quickly and naturally.
The Wave II also comes with Social Hub, a feature that funnels
together email, SMS, IM and phonebook information into a single view.
And with quick access to Samsung Apps, users can customize the device
"Our customers told us that they would like to have a bigger display
and a better input method so we fulfilled their needs," Shin said.
"They said they like advanced features so we built more into the
device. The Samsung Wave II has really shown Samsung's innovative
Samsung didn't offer a full data sheet on the Wave II, but given
that WiFi connectivity, a 1GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera,
Bluetooth 3.0 and assisted GPS were included on the original Wave,
they're not a bad bet for the Wave II.
One focus of the Bada OS - which means "ocean" in Korean - is on how
users interact with the device. Through motion sensors, vibration
control and face detection, it becomes user-specific and enables
applications to be "context aware," Samsung explained in an early introduction of the OS.
It also supports social networking, device synchronization, content management and location-based services.
Plus, as the provider of both the handsets' hardware and software,
it increases Samsung's control over the device and its ability to
profit from it - a model enjoyed by Apple and now Hewlett-Packard,
following its acquisition of Palm.
Still, support for a variety of mobile platforms remains in
Samsung's best interests. On Oct. 11, Microsoft debuted its Windows
Phone 7 platform on a number of devices, two of which - the Focus and
Omnia 7 - were from Samsung.
And there's Android, the "secret sauce" for handset makers,
iSuppli Analyst Tina Teng wrote in an Oct. 12 report that showed
Android to be the key to growth during the second quarter. The majority
of the fastest-growing smartphone makers during the quarter, reported
iSuppli, all had Android handsets front-and-center in their mobile
portfolios. In the case of HTC, that meant a payoff of 63.1 percent
growth in shipments, and for Samsung, which posted the second-largest
global growth figure for the quarter, a boost of 55.6 percent.
Boding well for Bada, Samsung partners who are expressing support
for the OS sound much like those enthusing Android. "Bada is
accessible, open to all and very easy to use," Yusuhir Sumida, general
manager of gaming giant Capcom's online business division, has said.
The Samsung Wave II will be available in France in November, before
rolling out to markets including Southeast Asia, Latin America, the
Middle East, Africa, India and China.