- 46 minutes ago
Kinda silly the OP9 don’t have AF when a smartphone launched 11 years ago for 399 euro had it.
Anonymous, 8 hours agoSamsung will always develop an alternative to Android and their own Appstore as a precaution t… moreThat’s a weird take on it. Samsung isn’t Chinese. They don’t provide backdoor for Beijing.
Samsung maintains their own Linux because they’re the biggest hardware developers in the world. It’s needed when the software they sell devices with has zero abilities to utilise whatever they working on. It’s a lot less likely these days and Samsung has managed to get almost everything they need from Tizen into Android these days. I mean, “Wear OS” is Tizen now and most of the core of Android is, too.
Anonymous, 8 hours agoSamsung will always develop an alternative to Android and their own Appstore as a precaution t… moreWhy move to Harmony? They just remove Playstore from One ui, remember Android is open source, only Google services are tied to US restrictions. Even Harmony use Aosp.
Samsung had lots of touchscreen phones around one decade ago. There was this Wave series, and later the S series but there were also some Corby phones then, which were quite popular in this region. A friend had a Wave phone, and it could do bulk copy-and-paste files which was quite advanced for then. It is also amazing that iPhone did not have an OLED display till late 2017 since phones were packing it long before that
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- 5 hours ago
My cousin had one, it was so advanced at the time, I remember it vividly.
I had both the Samsung Wave and the Samsung Galaxy S1.
The Samsung Wave had much better physical quality, especially those intuitive front buttons. I should also say, it felt and looked much better than all SGS1 variants, except maybe not the AT&T Captivate. The software on the Wave (Bada OS) was actually more optimised than Android 2.1 was on the original Galaxy S1. I know this, because Apps used to launch quicker and switching was quicker, and at the end of the day you had more battery left (same battery inside). I think the optimisations extended to the camera as well, but I never did test them side by side. And lastly, the display between the two were the same (2nd gen AMOLED, using PenTile, 800 x 480 resolution) however the Wave had a smaller 3.3in screen compared to the 4.0in SGS1. So the display looked much sharper/better on the Wave.
I personally ended up sticking the SGS1, simply because I liked the bigger screen, and I wanted all those third-party Apps, and lastly because they had the Epic 4G (qwerty) variant. That slide-out keyboard was a boon for texting, plus you could slap on a GameGripper and enjoy some neat gaming on the go with few Android titles but mainly emulation (like Atari, Sega, NES, GBA, DosBox, PS1). It did everything. So it was like the Sony-Ericsson Xperia Play, only better in all ways except the controls. At this time, the PSP v3000 was basically at it’s end of life, the Nintendo DSi had very child-orientated games, and the PS Vita was several years away and the Nintendo New-3DS even longer.
Samsung was very pleased with the end result of the Wave and BadaOS. However, the sales figures were solid, but it still was out-done by its Android brethren. On top of that, Google was spending billions for it’s platform, and developers were flocking to it. Then Samsung realised it’s easier to buy Qualcomm processors and develop for Android… but that would be a great short-term strategy and not a good long-term strategy. The threat of a Nokia return, and Microsoft’s Windows Phone was looming big at the time. So the SGS2 took priority in 2011, and the development of the Note1. So BadaOS and Wave platforms were effectively pushed away. Then 2012 Samsung was scrapping support for Windows Phone 7, and further doubling down on Android (TouchWiz 3 anyone?).
In an alternate universe, the Samsung Wave would’ve outsold the SGS1 and developers would’ve flocked to it. This would effectively kill the Windows Phone platform sooner. And Samsung would’ve released a luxury Exynos/BadaOS phone, alongside a Qualcomm/Android variant. And due to the disadvantages of early Qualcomm chipsets, and early Android code performance… the enthusiasts would’ve flocked to their Exynos/Bada platform. We may have seen Maemo/Mer/MeeGo/SailfishOS open-source community embracing Tizen (a possible Linux Renaissance?). Then we would eventually witness a direct competitor to Apple’s iPhone (vertically integrated) through Samsung (chips, os, display, cameras)…. whilst the Android Ecosystem would be it’s own thing, with a slew of other OEMs relying on off-the-shelf parts to make their devices.
I still have a dummy phone for this model
- 6 hours ago
Samsung improved a lot. One UI is great. Mine is A52.
- 7 hours ago
God, I remember my Wave 720 lol! Very decent phone for it’s time, although Bada 1.0 was trash. The 2.0 update on the other hand, did polish the dead OS.
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- 7 hours ago
Dem feels, what a time it was…
I wish Motorola rebooted the Aura and brought it down to mainstream prices.
I remember Bada. It was bad-a like TouchWiz was for several years. One UI has been much better but still bloaty.
Omg ! That 5 mp camera was awesome !
- 8 hours ago
Samsung will always develop an alternative to Android and their own Appstore as a precaution to a US ban. Like they do with everything else including SOC. Although if a ban hits, they’ll probably move to something like Harmony OS rather than Tizen.
- 8 hours ago
I had a wave 2, amazingly well built phone
This phone was amazing! Beautiful for its time, made of sturdy metal, the screen was amazing, and the performance was much snappier compared to its Galaxy S sibling due to the lighter OS. Bada was eventually let down by the lack of app support. But I wish the spiritual successors to the hardware lived on. It was such a great design line.
Experiment with something new in the non S series first. That’s Samsung until today like punch hole display is on a8s first.
Teddy, 9 hours agoHad one. Awsome phone with great screen, and built like a tank. Did not need apps at that time… moreYes! Was indeed built like a tank. Felt solid in your and and that OLED screen was unlike any other screen I had seen at that time.
Had one. Awsome phone with great screen, and built like a tank. Did not need apps at that time, a few games was enough. Now they should do phones with the same compact size.