Samsung shows Wave II smartphone
Updated Bada on board
Samsung's second-gen Wave smartphone - set to feature the next release of the South Korean giant's Bada OS - will arrive in Europe in November.
The Wave II - aka the GT-S8530 - will come with Bada 1.2 and a 3.7in "enhanced TFT" touchscreen to view it on.
Samsung also touted the Wave II's social network support and app download store, but we're more interested in its trace text-entry system, which allows you to slide your finger across the virtual keyboard rather than tap out text letter by letter.
Dubbed QuickType and developed by Nuance from its T9 Trace system, it works by tracking the pattern your finger makes as it slides over the touchscreen. While it collates the letters you cover, it smartly works out which words you might be intending to enter.
“Our customers told us that they would like to have a bigger display and a better input method so we fulfilled their needs," cheered J K Shin, the head of Samsung's mobile business. ®
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Still don't see the point of Bada
It has loads of apps! Er, no it doesn't. Well, um, it's cheaper than other smartphone platforms! Um, no it's not. Well, then it must be easier to use/better/faster/shinier than the other smartphones? Uh, no it isn't.
The only reason I can think for its' existence is that Samsung potentially get to make money on app store revenues. That is, if anyone releases any apps for it.
Also, you mention this is Bada v1.2. Does Bada support updates, OTA or otherwise? And will the original Wave be upgraded? Although the question is academic really - the only two people with the original Wave smartphone I know took them back to the shop and exchanged them for Android handsets.