The Samsung Wave, the first smartphone to run the Korean firm’s Bada operating system, is now available for pre-order through Vodafone, and is set to hit the shelves in the UK on 1 June.
The Samsung Wave represents Samsung’s first-ever Bada cell phone. Bada OS is an all-new mobile operating system, designed mostly to be used on high-end touchscreen smartphones. It’s icon-driven, and it’s plenty capable of handling multi-media and advanced web communications such as e-mail and social networking. The Wave itself is a very striking piece of hardware, and Bada is actually shipping out a few days earlier than anticipated. It’s probably a good thing to get out in the open before Apple’s WWDC , and the European market is probably an easier egg to crack than the diehard U.S. market.
The Wave is available from today in other European markets – including France and Germany – with wider global release set to follow in due course. The Bada online store will see applications available to download in 80 countries on release, while the complete Bada SDK 1.0.0 – currently with select application companies – will be made available for general download “shortly”.
After the European launch, Bada will soon spread to Southeast Asia, China, the Middle East and Africa, and Latin America.
Check out Samsung Wave & Bada OS – Hands-On video,