Samsung Offers a Few New Details About Bada
Today Samsung provided some more information about its forthcoming feature phone operating system. Bada will be based on Samsung's TouchWiz user interface, and the first Bada phones will be running TouchWiz 3.0. Samsung didn't say what new features TouchWiz 3.0 would offer. Samsung mentioned that the user interface will also be based partially on Flash, and developers can make use of C++ to write for it. Samsung said that Bada will be on the majority of its touch phones moving forward. Other capabilities include support for service-centric features such as location-based services, social networking, device sync, content management, and commerce services. Samsung also said that the platform will be highly customizable by network operators, so they can make it their own. Samsung didn't provide any specifics about the user interface or how Bada will work, but reiterated that the first handsets should hit the market in the first half of 2010. Samsung plans to use Bada on phones in markets worldwide, though it will launch across Europe first.
Samsung's Bixby Voice User Interface Not Ready for Galaxy S8 Debut
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will not ship with the Bixby Voice user interface when the devices first go on sale, according to Samsung. "Key features of Bixby, including Vision, Home and Reminder, will be available with the global launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 on April 21.
Samsung Makes Its Internet Browser Available to Most Android Phones
Samsung has made a version of its mobile browser available to non-Samsung handsets. The company has been beta testing Samsung Internet Browser on Nexus and Pixel phones since April.
Samsung Letting Galaxy S8 Owners Test Drive Android 8
Samsung today said select customers will soon be able to beta test Samsung Experience 9.0 before its official release. The Samsung Experience, formerly called TouchWiz, is the user interface that Samsung created for its device ecosystem.
Samsung Galaxy S8 to Include 'Bixby' Voice-Based User Interface
Samsung today announced Bixby, a new voice-based user interface that will mark its debut on the Galaxy S8 smartphone. Samsung said it developed Bixby in order to minimize friction between the user and the phone in terms of how voice commands are issued and understood.
Samsung to Reward Samsung Pay Users
Samsung today announced the pending launch of Samsung Rewards, a loyalty program for its Samsung Pay mobile payment service. Moving forward, people who sign up for Samsung Rewards will be able to earn points with Samsung when they use Samsung Pay to pay for goods and services.