BadaAndroid project brings Android to Samsung's old Wave and Wave II

BadaAndroid project brings Android to Samsung's old Wave and Wave II
Remember bada? It was Samsung's proprietary smartphone OS, which was supposed to be the company's alternative to Android, before it got absorbed by Sammy's latest platform – Tizen (which hasn't really made it to the smartphone scene yet).

Well, prior to being sent to obscurity in 2013, bada did make it to a few smartphones, which were all part of Samsung's "Wave" series of handsets (trivia: "bada" means "ocean" in Korean – see what Sammy did there, we do). The flagships of said series were 2010's Wave and Wave II (pretty similar phones – one can hardly call them two different generations), with 2011's Wave III after.

The Wave flagships were pretty to look at, constructed with metal, had a rather powerful hardware (at the time), and felt like premium handsets in the hand, which led to them gathering a rather small, yet – devoted community of followers.

Naturally, as one would expect, part of this community consists of developers, who are just the right amount of knowledgeable, a bit of Wave-ardent, and a spoonful of stubborn, as they have been working on a project, dubbed the BadaDroid Project, which aims to bring Android to the long-forgotten bada handsets.

XDA Developer volk204 is one of the supporters of this initiative and has recently released the latest ROM from the BadaDroid family. It's called OmniROM and is the most functional Android ROM (4.4.4 KitKat) for a bada device to date. It supports the original Wave and the Wave II, and is reported to be suitable for day-to-day use, if one is willing to overlook a few bugs and mishaps.

Anyone, planning to wipe the dust off their Wave and attempt to install this, should be aware that the ROM is still in Alpha stage and, more importantly, it will wipe your bada, so there will be no going back. Current known issues are:

  • Using 2G causes some problems (3G functions correctly, though, and you can force that easily).
  • Conference calls don’t work.
  • Audio codec settings are a bit flaky, but problems are rare enough.
  • Battery meter doesn't always end up being accurate
So, any Wave and Wave II lovers out there? Planning to give this a spin?

Related phones

  • Display 3.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Storage 2 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(7.00h 3G talk time)
Wave II
  • Display 3.7" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 3, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Battery 1500 mAh(6.83h 3G talk time)



1. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Wave looks better than its Galaxy counterparts.

7. aksa123

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Agree. Looks more original and different.

14. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Very true. I am still using Wave II, so gonna try it for sure. I'm happy, good work by volk204, thank you. :)

18. the_s2

Posts: 239; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Didnt look very original and different back in 2011.

9. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

yeah i remember those ads back in the days about the AMOLED display

2. Vinayakn73

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I had wave I and I still have my samsung wave III. It is just stunning. With barely 512 mb ram and 1.4 Ghz processor the wave it pretty much fast and smooth. I wish it could get stable android os from XDA

3. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

the build quality *_*

4. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

this is another reason why I love android it can be on anything and everything

8. aksa123

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

It's a bit contradictive though. People buy Wave becoz it's powered by bada, so to change it to android is just weird....

10. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I don't think anyone bought Wave for Bada OS...

5. maddy996

Posts: 128; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

gud work by devs bt its too late now :-(

6. Mfa901

Posts: 291; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

Hats off to the dev...

11. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

i still have my wave II. It is beautiful. Metal body with removable battery. Yes, a removable battery.

12. tokuzumi

Posts: 1961; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I like these kinds of projects. It's great to see something running on a device that was never intended to have that software.

13. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I bet that majority of Samsung Wave (S8500) in these days are already with burned-in AMOLED screens.

15. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

these phones were beautiful... I dont know what happen to samsung designers after wave series

16. Mube007

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

no i have still samsung wave s8500 and its work just fine with garbage bada

17. Mube007

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

no i have still samsung wave s8500 and its work just fine with garbage bada

19. Odiin

Posts: 373; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Sammy's best designed phones with awesome build quality. Please bring it to Galaxy n Note series.

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