Samsung has revealed the developer challenge and is now calling out to developers to engage in the Samsung Smart App Challenge 2012 which just went like a few minutes ago. The contest is open to all developers who are willing to develop for either the Samsung Galaxy Note or the Samsung Tablets. Samsung aims at making the tablet and phablets the device of choice in the future, so for this case there will be two categories of apps ‘Samsung Apps Super Apps’ and ‘Best S Pen Apps’, making a total of 80 winners. The loot is $4.08 million prize money to be shared among the 80 winners. Also bundled up for the winners will be promotion by Samsung in their marketing mechanisms including Samsung social media channels and online platforms such as Samsung Mobile, Samsung Apps and Samsung Developers
“Given the size of prize money and a variety of other benefits, we expect the competition will foster the growth of the ecosystem for GALAXY Tab and GALAXY Note applications,” said Kang-hyun Kwon, Senior Vice President of Media Solution Center, Samsung Electronics. “Since their launch, the GALAXY Tab and GALAXY Note, along with Samsung GALAXY smart phones, have become must-have items for the smarter lifestyle. The Samsung Smart App Challenge will greatly enhance application choices for these devices so users can enjoy a richer experience.”
The winning entries will be decided by the number of downloads by the public, 30 most downloaded games and 30 most downloaded non-games for the Samsung Apps Super Apps segment. As for the Best S Pen Apps, these will be more scrutinized for excellence as there will be a panel of judges who will decide on the final 20 innovative applications which best utilise the S Pen in interesting and experiential ways. Minimum Android version entries will be apps developed for Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Android 3.0 Honeycomb and above. Go on, get registered!
Registrations and downloads count start immediately (May 7) and go on till September 30 when the downloads count will also close. Judging phase is from October 1-October 30 and winners will be announced on October 31.