Samsung Launches App Development Contest for Tizen platform


Developer Day brings together local tech community


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—February 18 2016 – Samsung Gulf Electronics held a Developer Day as part of its vision for technology, connectivity and increased collaboration with the local tech community. Held at the Westin hotel in Dubai, the event brought together academia, independent developers and partner organizations including Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), Dubai Police and Dubai Smart Government. Samsung also announced the launch of Galaxy Gear S2 App Development Contest at the event. Winners will be rewarded with a big cash prize.


Tarek Sabbagh, Head of IM division at Samsung Gulf Electronics, commented, “We are committed to support the local developer community here in the UAE, specially students who showed interest in this initiative. We highly believe in the capabilities of the young generation who can come with creative ideas that can help shaping the future.

During this year, Samsung is giving a disproportional focus on the development of Apps and content, and our new range of products is designed in a way we have an interconnected eco-system between different devices such as Gear VR (our virtual reality device), the Gear S2 (the latest wearable technology) and for sure they are all connected to our everyday partner (our mobiles).”


The Samsung Developer Day was held with the aim to improve awareness and education on the various aspects of the Tizen platform that is an open source, standards-based software that Samsung has taken the lead role in creating. The Tizen OS currently powers several Samsung devices including smart TVs, smartphones and wearables such as the Samsung Gear S2. The flexibility of Tizen ranges across product types. The Gear S2 runs a circular variation of platform. The Galaxy Gear S2 App Development Contest is aimed at growing the application ecosystem, developing applications that add to the intuitive physical user interface for page navigation and device control that is enabled by the rotating bezel on the face of the smartwatch.


In addition to tutorials and discussion workshops, experts held live coding sessions where developers built native Web and native apps with SDK tools and Tizen (application program interface) APIs. These live coding sessions included developing simple applications that would access different sensors in the Galaxy Gear S2. The SDK tool is available for download on Samsung’s website for both serious developers and hobbyists interested in building a Tizen app using a native or a web approach.


The Galaxy Gear S2 App Development Contest is open to student, amateur or professional developers with an interest in developing on the Tizen platform for the award-winning smartwatch. Registration starts on 19 February, with the deadline for application development and submission set to 10 April. The awards ceremony will take place in May this year.


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