Samsung Mobile Innovator, a project that aims to provide developers with the tools, technical content and support they require to create rich applications and services, announces the availability of the mobile widget software developer kit for Samsung's TouchWiz user interface. In addition to the Samsung Mobile Widget SDK, Samsung announces a software development contest.
Samsung Mobile Innovator, a project that aims to provide developers with the
tools, technical content and support they require to create rich applications
and services, announced Aug. 17 the availability of the mobile widget software
development kit for Samsung's TouchWiz user interface. According to a company
With the release of the Samsung Mobile
Widget SDK, developers will have the opportunity to create widgets for
different Samsung phones across multiple platforms, including Samsung's
propriety operating system.
"Samsung fully recognizes the
challenges that developers face [in the effort] to develop and market mobile
applications to consumers and businesses," said Omar Khan, senior vice
president of strategy and product management [for] Samsung Telecommunications America. "The Samsung Mobile Innovator program
is a global program focused on giving developers the tools and the support that
they need to develop and market widgets for Samsung's lineup of TouchWiz-based
devices and applications for different Samsung phones."
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The statement continued, "The Samsung Mobile Widget SDK, built on the ...
open-source Eclipse platform, will provide developers with the tools they need"
to develop innovative widgets. "Samsung Mobile Innovator focuses on three
key areas: developer education, developer tools, and application distribution
and marketing," Samsung
said. According to the statement:
Through the Samsung Mobile Innovator
program, developers have real-time, 24/7 access to Samsung's Virtual Device
Lab, where they can check out and remotely test their applications on all
current Samsung phones. Samsung's developer tool kit also includes a variety of
ever-evolving SDK tools, including the TouchWiz user interface, Windows Mobile, Symbian and Java. After the widget
development process is complete, Samsung Mobile Innovator offers developers the
opportunity to pitch ideas directly to Samsung. These widgets have the
potential to be included on Samsung devices as well as [be made available] through
other channels such as the Samsung Widget Gallery and Samsung's own Application
Store. The Samsung Omnia II, which will be available with Verizon Wireless
later this year, will be Samsung's first handset to include the Widget Gallery.
For more information on Samsung Mobile
Innovator and to download the Samsung Mobile Widget SDK, please visit http://innovator.samsungmobile.com.
Meanwhile, "to kick off the launch of the Samsung Mobile Widget SDK,
Samsung will host its first Widget Developer Camp from Sept. 11 to 13, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency, San
Francisco. The camp will provide select developers
with the opportunity to hear from the Samsung Mobile Innovator team about the
program and develop unique widgets using the SDK for a chance to win cash
prizes," the company said in the statement.
"Samsung Mobile Innovator will begin accepting application submissions today
[Aug. 17], at www.samsungmobileusa.com/devcamp,
through Aug. 31, 2009. Selected applicants
will be notified of acceptance into the camp on Sept. 2, 2009," the statement continued. At
the camp, according to the statement, developers will create widgets in five
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At the end of the Widget Developer
Camp, a panel of VIP judges will select a winner in each
category, who will each be awarded a $5,000 prize. The judges will award one
Best in Show winner, who will receive $20,000 and the opportunity to attend
CTIA IT & Entertainment 2009 in San Diego from October 7-10, 2009 and have [his
or her] widget showcased in Samsung's booth.
UIEvolution, a provider of "software solutions that power the delivery
of rich content and connected applications across handsets, PCs, IPTV and more,"
helped develop the Samsung Widget SDK with Samsung Telecommunications America
(Samsung Mobile), Samsung said.
"Through the launch of the Samsung Widget SDK with UIEvolution, we are
offering our development community the ability to create innovative widgets for
consumers," Samsung Mobile's Khan said in a statement. "Our goal is
to make it easier and more efficient than ever before for developers to create
personalized experiences for mobile consumers." According to the
With the Samsung Widget SDK,
developers can easily integrate Samsung APIs with code-completion, code
templates and sample projects. The Samsung Widget SDK reduces the complexity of
targeting multiple devices with the ability to debug and preview Widgets on
target devices via a PC. In addition, a robust widget packaging services
ensures Widgets are optimized for the differences between mobile browsers and
"Samsung Mobile understands that
developers are faced with several options for building mobile applications, and
with the Samsung Innovator Program they are demonstrating their commitment to
the mobile development community," said Travis Beaven, VP of Consumer
Products for UIEvolution. "We are excited to join Samsung in the launch of
a rich toolset for developers to [help them] extend their services to consumers
with compelling, cool and personalized Samsung Widgets."