Wear is said to not offer enough for mass adoption, even though its been in the market for over 9 months. I personally have a Gear Live which I purchased 8 months ago, and my experience with it has had its ups and downs throughout my time with it. For the longest time, I was not able to recommend the platform to anyone. Since then, a lot of updates have hit Wear watches, some improving battery life, others changing the...
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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SlimRoms' website has been experiencing technical difficulties for the last month or so, but it's good to know the team is working hard and is still on top of things. The SlimRoms GitHub repos are getting updated with some major changes showing up. Most notably, some projects are getting a new 5.1 branch: lp5.1! A new, revamped and open source website is also in the works, with a look inspired by material design. We also got a tip about an...
Wireless charging is becoming more and more common as many OEMs are now starting to include this feature in their flagships. There are already dozens of wireless chargers to choose from on the market today, but quality definitely varies. For those of you who charge your devices wirelessly, let us know which charger is your favorite and why.