Samsung Wave: The phone that should run Android

Samsung Wave.Samsung has always impressed me as a hardware manufacturer. Their phones are usually decent looking, easy to use and personally I’ve experienced minimal hardware failures. The same holds true for the Samsung Wave, which, if anything, is their most impressive handset to date.

Just unveiled at a Valentine’s Day press conference, the Wave is Samsung’s entrant into the upper tier of the smartphone market. It runs a 1 GHz processor and boasts 802.11n, an 800 x 480 AMOLED, Bluetooth 3.0, a 5MP camera, 2GB or 8GB internal storage with a microSD slot for expansion, and codec support for WMV, DivX, XviD, MP3 and 720p decoding and recording. The spec sheet is incredible, until you get to one little detail.

Bada. Samsung dropped its brand-new OS on this phone – yes, it’s the operating system that’s meant to make feature phones all fun and featurey. I tried to be understanding when Samsung launched Bada, but with a phone this fantastic there is no reason to run anything but Android.

The phone launches in April. Prices remain unannounced.


Correction: Android only has 16,000 apps

Android Marketplace.Google has been notoriously quiet about the number of apps available in the Android Marketplace. After this week’s announcement that the mobile OS has 20,000 available apps, the search giant stepped in to set the record straight. As it turns out, there are just over 16,000 apps available, not that 20k AndroLib reported.

Google contacted TechCrunch with the updated stats, and mentioned that it was looking at new ways to disclose information about marketplace growth to consumers. Google wouldn’t confirm the ratio of paid to free apps. AndroLib claims the discrepancy is because Google is only counting the apps available to US customers, or not including anything since the end of November. I’d guess the former, since it’s highly unlikely 4,000 apps have been added in 16 days time.

Source: TechCrunch


Android Marketplace now serving 20,000 apps

Android.There should be no remaining doubt that 2010 is Android’s year. The mobile OS will finally have some compelling handsets, and we’re likely to see exponential growth in global adoption. This latest bit of news will certainly make Android look a little better for consumers. The Android Marketplace has hit 20,000 apps.

True, the iPhone has over 100,000, but that’s not really what Google is after. There will be a few people here and there that avoid the iPhone like the plague, but Google will really be poaching market share from companies like Nokia and Microsoft. It’s going to be a while before Google is competing directly with Apple in the mobile market, but the data giant is rushing toward that goal at about the same pace Apple did when the App Store blew up. It’s taken just five months since the 20,000 app marker. We could see 40,000 as early as April 2010.

If one thing still stands in Google’s way, it’s the wide variation in handset hardware. That’s still something that makes Android less attractive than the iPhone OS, where just about everything is controlled. The Nexus One can serve as a sort of roadmap for manufacturers, but it is by no means the gold standard for a perfect phone. Google is also using the phone to flout American cellular practices, a gamble that will likely end in very low adoption rates for the handset unless it’s subsidized some other way.

Source: AndroLib


Samsung announces yet another mobile OS

samsung-badaToday Samsung announced that it was entering the open mobile operating system business with a service called “bada.” It’s still unclear as to the plan for the system, but we at least know that it’s not for smartphones. Yes, Samsung has designed a feature phone OS with its own SDK to lure in developers. And by “lure” I mean attract so few developers that the plan is scrapped for a stripped-down version of Android in the next year or two.

There are precious few details about the operating system. The press release tells us that the word bada means “ocean” in Korean, which “was chosen to convey the limitless variety of potential applications which can be created using the new platform.” Awww, your optimism is so adorable, Samsung. Really, that’s about all we know. The rest is coming in December, which is when Samsung will release the SDK. Wait – an SDK release just a month after the OS is announced? Are you watching this, Palm? Hmm?