Samsung’s own-brand operating system bada is growing in popularity but what’s different about it and is it worth a look?
Below is a video of Samsung’s bada ‘brand story’ – or though you would be forgiven for thinking it is the opening credits of a kids quiz show.
Bada is similar to both Android and iOS but for different reasons, and it has particularly impressed us for providing a smartphone experience without the all-too-frequent heavy price tag.
Similar to iOS
Like iOS bada is not an open operating system so developers don’t have as much freedom when developing apps or modifying the operating system. This means that there are likely to be less apps and othe perating system doesn’t have the flexibility that Android offers, but it also means it will be safer from viruses and more stable than the Google Android OS.
Similar to Android
In practice, however, bada looks a lot more like Android than iOS. Many of the functions and menus have a similar feel to them meaning Android users won’t have trouble finding their way around.
When it comes to downloading apps bada devices have access to Samsung Apps. There is nowhere near the same level of choice as offered by the Apple App Store or Android Market, but there are still many apps available for bada devices.
Popular games such as Fruit Ninja are now available alongside apps for YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, BBC news and lots of others. Plus, the growing popularity of bada is likely to mean more apps are just around the corner.
Samsung has now announced the launch of the newest iteration of the bada operating system, version 2.0. This will be featured on the upcoming Samsung Wave 3 and adds features such as multi-tasking, support for HTML5 and Flash, as well as improvements to the user experience and security features.
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