Join us in a fun Sunday Debate on New vs. Old. Come with your opinions and feel free to read some of our thoughts, then pick your side or play devil’s advocate to get your voice heard and engage in friendly discussion. You can read our food-for-thought or jump straight into the fray below! Smartphone purchases make for some of the sweetest times of the year for many of us. After all, we are hobbyists of Android and a new...
Samsung Wave S8500 Gets ICS, Bada Users Everywhere Rejoice
In 2010, things were looking up for Samsung. Riding the success of their Galaxy S series of Android phones and having produced record numbers of electronics components, the hardware giant must have felt nearly invincible when they released the Samsung Wave S8500—the flagship device for their new Bada platform. The much touted device featured hardware on par with the highest end of Android smartphones at the time. However, it floundered. Even Samsung’s $2.7 million competition was not enough to breath life into the fledgling OS. After several phone releases and nothing but heartache, Samsung decided to dump their proprietary platform and merge it with Intel’s Tizen project.
The failed development of Bada has left a hole in the hearts of many of the owners who still have decent hardware, but no OEM support for the software running on it. Back in 2011, we here on Portal even mentioned the initial attempts to port Android to the Wave S8500. Development fizzled though, and it was only until recently when XDA Recognized Developer (and all around genius) mikegapinski decided he was going to revive the Android port program by not just porting Android, but it’s latest iteration: Ice Cream Sandwich.
And so on June 23, 2012 he announced the first publicly available port of Ice Cream Sandwich for the Samsung Wave S8500, and his intentions to port ICS to the S8530 as well. So head over to the original thread and give your Wave some much needed love.
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Android and openness is something we talk about all the time, but the recent developments in the industry point towards inherent flaws with this very premise. Be it from bloggers, political institutions or corporations, Android is seemingly not open enough. The “War on Openness” is ironically becoming an open war, where many players are increasing their stakes and scope to try and land a bigger hold - or at the very least, restrict Google’s - on what is the world’s...
Smartphone cameras have advanced so tremendously over the past few years that they have almost completely replaced point and shoot digital cameras for the most of us. Furthermore, since our smartphones are always with us, the majority of us end up taking tons of photos throughout the lifespan of our devices. But what happens to all the old photos you take? Do you store them on an external hard-drive or keep them backed up to an online cloud service like Flickr? Let us know what your favorite way of storing old photos is and why.