Samsung bada is a relatively young mobile platform. Nevertheless there are already some interesting apps available at the SamsungApps store.
RhinoDevel is developing bada apps for some months and until now have released four very different apps I would like to introduce to you.
FaceCollageRD – create collages of people’s faces
FaceCollageRD is available for the Samsung bada Wave (8500) and Wave II (8530) smartphones. Both phones include a quite good camera with flash, so a lot of owners use the devices as their everyday photo cameras causing the phones to be filled with the latest snapshots from occasions like birthday partys, family trips, etc.
FaceCollageRD creates collages from people’s faces that are shown by these pictures. The user first selects images that show the people whose faces shall be added to the collage.
After the app automatically detects the faces on the selected photos you can configure the output collage image (output size, image orientation, etc.). The last step is letting FaceCollageRD create the collage picture. It will automatically be saved to a JPEG file on the bada phone and displayed.
Of course it is possible to do whatever you like with your face collage, you can copy it to your PC, upload it to Facebook, mail it to your friends, etc.
The app is especially handy if you cannot use a computer (e.g. on holiday) - and even if you had access to a computer you would still need an application that does the automatic collage creation trick..
As far as I know FaceCollageRD is currently the only mobile app offering this kind of functionality (iPhone and Android apps included) making it an exclusive feature for your bada Wave phones!
You can find the full version of FaceCollageRD at the SamsungApps store.
There is also a free trial version of FaceCollageRD available that you can use to test ALL features.
PhotoRhino – extended image editing
The image editing tool PhotoRhino is available for all bada devices. Well, there is already an image editing tool that comes with the bada system - why should one use PhotoRhino instead?
The answer is, of course, PhotoRhino offers some unique features:
You can manipulate images loaded from the device and the memory card, but you can also take pictures with the back and front (!) cameras of your device.
If you want to select an image stored on the device you can use the PhotoRhino big preview mode (with big thumbnails) or the faster system browser mode. The front camera interface of PhotoRhino can be configured in various ways. The user can toggle mirroring on/off and also activate/deactivate the full screen mode.
Images can be taken in any device orientation with the front camera. To take the picture you just need to press the device’s screen, the soft button or the hard key you “normally” take photos with (if you use the back camera).
After selecting an image file to modify or taking a snapshot the photo editor of PhotoRhino will be shown. You will see the selected/taken picture displayed and some overlay elements.
PhotoRhino is equipped with an overlay RGB histogram that directly reflects the changes you apply to the image. Furthermore the size and current zoom level of the image are shown.
Another nice thing about the editor is the multitouch zoom and scrolling that is not available in the system’s photo editing app.
There are also overlay controls visible you can use to apply auto white balancing, histogram-based automatic image correction, exposure, gamma, contrast and saturation changes.
The app’s menu offers even more options to manipulate your pictures. You can rotate and flip the image, convert it to grayscale or negative, crop, blur, sharpen and scale it and apply an edge detection filter.
There are two crop modes. The user can crop the image to the area currently visible on the display (you can modify that area by using the multitouch zoom/scroll feature) or mark the area to crop with a red rectangle.
The scaling feature also has two different modes. One option is to scale the image to the current zoom level, the other to change the size of the scaled image with a slider (PhotoRhino shows you the output size in percent and pixel in this mode).
A great feature is that you can undo all changes made! Either the operation you applied to the image can be reversed by the app’s undo feature (e.g. for scaling, crop, etc.) or you just have to apply the same operation again (e.g. negative) or opposite operation (e.g. rotation) to get your original image back.
The overlay operations (exposure, gamma, etc.) can be undone by using the overlay reset button.
Furthermore PhotoRhino remembers its last state. If you quit the app and restart it later, you will be asked if you want to resume the last session.
After manipulating an image the result can be saved to a JPEG file on your device or memory card.
Because PhotoRhino has a lot of features it comes with extensive help texts you do not need an internet connection for. You can get the demo version that includes ALL features (but saving) and the full version for Wave & Wave II here.
RhinoBlackJack – Black Jack with rhinos
You can get RhinoBlackJack for all bada smartphones. It is a Black Jack card game with cartoon rhinos as Tens, Jacks, Queens, Kings and Aces. This implementation of the classic Black Jack has some special features worth mentioning.
The player can bet all money she/he has left, as long as the hand is below 21 (so there will still be a risk of loosing all your cash).
RhinoBlackJack supports all four device orientations but also offers the very useful feature to lock the orientation to avoid unwanted changes during the game. This is especially helpful if you are playing RhinoBlackJack while lying on your side. Furthermore the app always remembers your last game state, even after closing the app or shutting down the device.
MirjasGallery – art gallery on your phone
MirjasGallery is available for all bada smartphones and for FREE. The rhino mascots used for PhotoRhino and for RhinoBlackJack were created by the artist Mirja T. For everybody who wants to see more of Mirja’s work or just likes beautiful custom wallpapers for their smartphones MirjasGallery might be interesting.
The app itself is in fact a little gallery. You can browse through a selection of drawings Mirja created. It is also possible to store the drawings to your device, where the app automatically saves the pictures in an optimized resolution for the phone’s screen.
After that it is no problem to select the stored picture as background image from the settings menu. If the user likes Mirja’s art and wants to see more pictures, she/he can directly go to Mirja’s large online gallery from the app’s menu.
You can find Mirja’s gallery here.
The app is available at SamsungApps store for Wave and Wave II devices from here.
And also for the 525, 533, 575 and 723 bada phones
If you would like to find out more about RhinoDevel and the products you can visit and contact RhinoDevel online.
There is a YouTube channel available presenting demo videos of the apps, you can like RhinoDevel at Facebook and read the official blog:
This a guest post written by Marc from RhinoDevel Developers highlighting their apps.