Samsung terminates Symbian developer support

Samsung sends a reminder to Samsung app-developers today reminding them the termination date of Symbian developer support. Samsung will no more support Symbian app development on their handsets for obvious reasons. They are pushing hard with their BADA platform on some of their phones and Android on rest of their smart-phone family. The termination includes closure of Symbian Lab.dev on 29th December, Symbian forum gets closed on 30th December and Symbian content will be removed on 31st December.

I carry an LED TV in my pocket

Remember Samsung Wave I mentioned a couple of posts ago? The biggest wow factor of the phone is the AMOLED screen. It gives me the feel as if I’m carrying a full fledged LED TV in my pocket. With amazing video player and DivX capability, the phone plays great videos and the colors are so crisp.

The video recorder adds to the feeling as it’s a 720p HD video recorder too. You can even watch the videos you recorded if you don’t have any movies loaded up in the phone as yet. BTW, Samsung wave has started shipping in Europe already. You can simply google a store that can ship you that?

I’m pretty excited to know that Nokia N8 that is also launching in next couple of months will have an AMOLED screen as well.

Samsung Wave – First Impressions

BA gets hold of a Samsung Wave. This is exciting. We’ve already posted the fact that the device will be available somewhere in the third quarter of 2010. We’ve managed to get hold of a preview device which runs pretty much the final version of much anticipated BADA OS.

Samsung is ready to hit back with a great device and to make a point that BADA is going to be a strong, useful and reliable platform. Samsung Wave GT-S5800 is an impressive device right from the moment you hold it in your hand. The most important features of the phone are as follows:

  • A large 3.3 inch Super AMO-LED screen with a resolution of 480×800.
  • Sizzling 1 GHz processor to run the new OS
  • BADA OS that will run on the most devices by Samsung from now on
  • Other useful stuff like Wifi, Bluetooth, GPS, Accelerometer etc.

You can find full specs of the phone here.

My first impressions for the device and its features are:

  • The device is lightweight, slim and very handy.
  • The BADA OS is pretty cool as compared to its infancy level, remember its the first device with BADA.
  • The screen is absolutely amazing and outclasses pretty much everything out there. Super AMOLED screen is no doubt the best feature in this device.
  • The phone is very fast when normally using it. No waiting, no delays, gets your stuff done instantly, thanks to 1GHz processor in this small device.
  • The device carries a 5 mega pixel camera that is not even close to other average smart phone 5MP cameras. This is very disappointing that the photos taken with Wave’s camera are very unimpressive.
  • Wave GT-5800 has a dazzling HD video camera as well that records up to 1280×720 resolution HD videos at 30 FPS and has some decent camera settings available. The output of the video camera is very good. The videos are crisp with no pixelation or jitter and the video camera does its job very well.
  • The basic set of software available on the phone is pretty sufficient to start with. If you need more, you have the samsung BADA store already getting filled with apps for you so you can just go there and download. Please note that all these applications are free for now and there are no paid apps on the store so far.
  • I typically like the onscreen keyboard that works in both portrait and landscape mode and it can not get any better than that. I do miss the availability of a dictionary that suggest words but then it will also not auto incorrect things in attempt of auto correcting them, like it does on other touchscreen phones like iPhone
  • The video playback and watching pictures is a pleasure withe the great software and amazing screen accompanied by a decently loud speaker.

All in all, its a great experience using the device for a few days. I will continue to post more about this device and will upload sample photos and videos soon.

Samsung WaveSamsung Wave Photo

Samsung Bada still couple of months away

Samsung BadaThere have been rumors and gossips about Samsung’s Wave, the first phone to come on Samsung Bada platform. Samsung Bada is a smart phone platform to add to an already existing mix of a number of platforms already available like iPhone, BlackBerry, Palm Pre, Nokia Ovi, Android.

Now Samsung has confirmed that Samsung Wave is not coming and it will start becoming available in June 2010. Those retailers who were taking pre-orders and were expecting the phone to be available in April will have to change their order taking page.

If you are a Samsung fan and have been waiting for Samsung Wave, you’ll have to wait for another two good months. Samsung Bada platform is also open for the developers who want to develop apps for this new upcoming platform. Samsung has been a strong platform but as a mobile apps developer, its going to be a hard question to answer: Are you ready to develop apps for a platform that will start getting into the user’s hands after a quarter?