July 21, 2014 By: Samantha
Devices that originally shipped with Bada OS are a rare sight to behold nowadays. Running exclusively on the Wave line of Samsung devices, its legacy continues on in the form of Tizen OS, as well as the development community here in the XDA forums. And it’s in the latter where multi-boot functionality has been developed for these devices, namely the Samsung Wave and Wave 2.
Developed by XDA Senior Member BenzoX, the multi-boot functionality is based on a custom Fota (Badadroid’s counterpart of a bootloader) that is able to load two different kernels, which in turn allows for users to load two different ROMs. Due to limits of this Fota, the two ROMs which can be loaded must be located on NAND and SD, or a Loop and an SD. In other words, it is not capable of booting two Nand or SD ROMs. With that said, this multi-boot functionality is compatible with all ROMs and versions. As of now, the only known bug is Bada not booting in interactive mode.
This multi-boot functionality goes to show that although a device may have been ‘forgotten,’ it is still very much alive here in the XDA forums. So if you own a Samsung Wave or Wave 2 and are interested in multi-boot functionality, head over to the Wave Multi-Boot thread for more information.
Bada is a somewhat lesser known OS released by Samsung alongside with their Wave series in late 2009. Eventually, this operating system was dropped from active development in 2013 and replaced by Tizen. Relatively quickly, developers realized that they could put another OS onto Wave devices, but porting a different OS is an extremely difficult and time-consuming task, as almost all drivers needs to be rewritten. But this is XDA, and the term impossible is clearly not available in our dictionary.
A few months ago, we covered a major step forward in bringing up Android to Samsung Wave devices. Now, the project named BadaDroid is even more functional thanks to work done by XDA Senior Member volk204 and Elite Recognized Developer Rebellos. The recent 2.1 version of the ROM fixed a lot of RIL-related problems. Now, the WCDMA-only mode is available, and devices can read contacts, messages, voicemail number directly from SIM card. Another new addition is the ability to receive MMS messages. The build still has few bugs left, but the list is getting shorter, and the developers describe it as BETA. Maybe BadaDroid can soon be considered daily driver material.
Volk204 was kind enough to provide some screenshots to show that RIL is almost fully working, and that the project is going into right direction.
If your experience with Bada is far from great, don’t hesitate to visit the ROM thread and try CyanogenMod 10.1 on your Wave. The developers should be congratulated for their work to break through the previous hurdles.
Booting Android from an SD card has become somewhat of a trend in recent weeks. In most cases, it’s been on devices that don’t run Android as a stock OS, and users have the option to run Android and the device’s stock OS. Now, similar functionality is available for the Samsung Wave.
XDA Senior Member hero355 wrote a tutorial on how to get Android booting from the Bada device’s SD card. The tools to do so were created by XDA Elite Recognized Developer Rebellos and XDA Forum Member volk204, which you can find more info on here. There are plenty of other members and developers who contributed as well.
The process itself isn’t overly difficult, but does require that users pay attention. There are several zips that will need to be downloaded and flashed in recovery. During the process, users are given the choice as to how much they want to use for internal storage for the Android ROM they’re flashing, so that the SD card can be properly partitioned.
Once it’s all said and done, users have the option of booting into Bada or Android. There are some issues, such as no modem functionality or microphone, among others. So it’s not exactly daily driver status just yet. Since Bada still works, though, it allows users to get the Android experience without losing functionality entirely.
For more details, download links, and the full list of credits, check out the original thread.
December 24, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
Our developer community at XDA is known for making operating systems work on devices they weren’t intended for, and Samsung’s Wave series of devices is no exception. Originally shipped running Samsung’s Bada OS for mid-range smartphones, the series first saw an Android port in 2011, got its first AOKP Jelly Bean ROM in June, and got CM 10 ports for both Wave and Wave II just over a month back. In the latest developments for Samsung Wave, XDA Senior Member hero355 has released not one or two, but three popular Android 4.2.1-based ROMs for the device: CM 10.1 nightly, Slim Bean, and Tsunami.
At the moment, the port is in early alpha stage, and several important features necessary to make it a daily driver such as modem, GPS, microphone, and some sensors aren’t functioning. Though WiFi, sound, accelerometer, camera, SD card, and app installation works. You can even overclock the processor to 1.2 GHz.
Want to give Android 4.2.1 a shot on your Samsung Wave? Head over to the forum thread for detailed instructions and download links.
Now onto something different, but not quite different: our mandatory serving of news coming from the pseudo forgotten areas of XDA. No, we are not talking about Off-Topic General, but rather the section for the infamous Samsung Wave and Wave II. Due to the ever increasing popularity of Google’s Android OS, other smaller players essentially fall short in terms of expectations and support. Development costs become a financial burden, as opposed to a profitable venture. This was the case with Samsung’s own BadaOS. So, what is the next best thing you can do if you have a device running this? Flash Android on top of it.
The latter part of that statement is not a simple feat by any means, particularly due to the OS not being designed to work on the hardware. Having said that, when you have people like XDA Elite Recognized Developer Rebellos on task, you know that there is now a chance to get much needed support for the device. In this particular case, Rebellos was able to port CM10 onto the Wave and Wave II. However, the initial version is nowhere near daily driver status. In fact, radio connectivity is non functional, the battery gauge is broken, and according to the dev, the experience is rather slow. All in all, this is an alpha stage build.
Please leave some feedback for the dev and remember to back anything important up if you are going to dive into this.
So once again it’s time. Introducing the first alpha development preview of CyanogenMod 10 (based on Jelly Bean) for the Samsung Wave.
This preview is intended only for developers as it is in a very early development stage and not all features of the device are fully working.
You can find more information in the original thread.
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[Thanks Rebellos for the tip!]
December 3, 2011 By: liwen
There’s a small corner of XDA where some really great development is happening for Samsung’s Bada-based Wave smartphones. As of now there’s an Alpha ROM that is generally useable for Wave devices, with WiFi, audio/video, Android Market, and gaming working well. What has yet to work is the cellular radio (meaning no data or calls), plus some sensors. The developers working on the port are asking for assistance to help get the progress going again. If you think you can help, jump on over to the development thread. Thanks for the tip, Razyre.
Upon flashing new firmware to their Bada-running Samsung devices, some users were disappointed to find that their cameras would no longer work at all. Luckily, however, user bangalorerohan has found a method that seems to fix this problem completely.
Using an application called sTunes to re-flash the original drivers for the Samsung Wave’s camera, it appears that it is possible to regain full use of the feature. Users have reported that it may work with both the Wave I and II although it’s important to remember that the files are flashed at the owner’s risk.
Detailed instructions, along with links to the required files, are available in the fix thread.
June 25, 2011 By: egzthunder1
Porting is the ultimate frontier in the development world. This involves getting device A to run something designed to work on device B and make it work just like in device A. This is not to be confused with emulation, which involves running code designed for some device inside a program that resembles the running environment for said code. Our devs have gotten miracles done when it comes to porting, starting with the initial ports of Windows Mobile 2005 on devices not designed to run it. Later on, Android porting became of interest to many and as a result, you can find Android ports for several devices on XDA. This is happening once again for owners of the infamous Bada-wielding Samsung Wave. For several months, there has been a team of devs tirelessly working to achieve this feat, and today they are happy to announce the release of the first alpha with a guide on how to get this up and running on your Wave. XDA member ShadowAS1 brings us this very thorough guide that will walk you step by step on how to get this up and running. This is not a daily driver yet, but it will be soon. So if you need your device to be fully functional, just hold off on installing this.
If you decide to play with it, please leave feedback for the devs so that they can iron out some of the bugs.
What works in this version
- Market (including install)
- Video (unconfirmed)
- Modem (not in this version yet, but we have signal on the M130K)
What NOT works in this version
- Modem (3G, Calls, etc.)
- Sensors (This causes the battery charge bug]
You can find more information in the guide thread.
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