Samsung announces Bixby DevJam contest with $125k prize money

Samsung has announced the launch of Bixby DevJam, a contest with $125k prize money in total up-for-grabs.

Developers are tasked with developing new “Bixby Capsules” (voice apps, basically) which must be submitted and approved before December 9th to be eligible.

The overall winner will receive $10,000 while second and third place finalists will be awarded $5,000 each. A further five runner-ups will receive $1,000 each.

Winners of the following 20 store categories will also receive $1,000:

  • Art and lifestyle

  • Games and fun

  • News and magazines

  • Social

  • Business and finance

  • Health and fitness

  • Photography

  • Sports

  • Communication

  • Local

  • Productivity

  • Travel and...

By Ryan Daws, 21 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Samsung, Wearables.

Samsung releases a blockchain SDK for smartphone dApps

Samsung continues to put its weight behind blockchain technology with the release of an SDK for building dApps.

DApps – as in ‘Decentralised Applications,’ not the British dialect for rubber-soled shoes – promise to function without a middleman and are beyond the control of any single entity. A decentralised Twitter, for example, would be resistant to censorship and once messages are published they could not even be erased by the creator of the app.

As of writing, there are

By Ryan Daws, 12 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Mobile, Samsung.

Samsung wants game developers on Tizen – launches competition

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Tizen is the second biggest of the budget OS category in India although it remains barely a blip in marketshare reports when compared to Android. Samsung wants to make Tizen a more tempting proposition by encouraging popular game developers to launch their games on the platform. 

In order to entice developers, Samsung has launched the Tizen App Challenge which offers monetary...

By Ryan Daws, 18 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Platforms, Samsung.

How Samsung aims to put developers at the forefront of the printing apps revolution

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It’s always better working to live rather than living to work; and continual advancements in technology are improving the workplace experience.

Samsung released a report last year as part of its Smarter Futures series, envisaging the office of 2025. The study argued that increases in big data and analytics, as well as smart technology, will enable employees to use any surface as a...

By James Bourne, 06 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Samsung.

Samsung opens up smart TV SDK preview guide to developers

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Samsung Electronics has opened its Smart TV Software Development Kit (SDK) Preview UI guide to all developers with a view to extend its customer’s single access experience.

Developers can use the Smart TV SDK for Samsung Smart TV’s Tizen TV OS platform and the Preview UI guide facilitates the single access content experience. Before this, the Smart TV SDK Preview UI was only available to a limited number of applications from a select group of partners.

WonJin Lee,...

By Developer, 07 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Platforms, Samsung.

Samsung demonstrates how Vulkan will improve game performance

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Vulkan is the spiritual successor to OpenGL, a graphics API that was originally released in 1992. Samsung announced that its devices will support the Vulkan graphics API starting with the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, and the company has now demonstrated how it will improve graphics performance. 

Three high-profile games were used in Samsung's...

By Ryan Daws, 28 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Gaming, Samsung.

I/O 2015: Here's what to expect from Android M

Another year means another I/O, and eyes from around the world will be on Google's annual developer conference to see how the giant plans to lead the way forward in exciting new areas such as wearables and connected cars. 

Google will want to ensure its operating system is found wherever there is technology to power, but such a bold ambition can only be realised with some important changes. In this article we will...

By Ryan Daws, 28 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, Ecosystem, IoT, Mobile, Platforms, Samsung, Wearables.

Opinion: Samsung's Tizen should be called "Trojan"

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Samsung dominates the smartphone market through Android, and has been referred to as the "tail wagging the dog" when it comes to the influence their position has over Google. Considering their success, and that Android allows Samsung to customise their experience, it has left many to scratch their heads as to why the company wants to push their luck in such a...

By Ryan Daws, 15 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Enterprise, IoT, Platforms, Samsung.