Samsung Mobile Launches Galaxy Note S Pen App Challenge

— March 08, 2012

Samsung Telecommunications America recently announced the Samsung Galaxy Note S Pen App Challenge.  Samsung is inviting software developers to create S Pen integrated apps for Galaxy Note using the S Pen Software Developer Kit, allowing users to capture, create and share like never before.
Developers will use the Samsung S Pen SDK to integrate S Pen functionality into a new or existing Android application that runs on Galaxy Note. Apps will be evaluated based on the overall user experience of the app on Galaxy Note, the quality of the idea, the functional implementation, and S Pen integration.  The website for the challenge and more information, including terms and conditions can be found here:
Top entries will be evaluated by a panel of five judges that will be announced soon on the website.  The public can vote on their favorite submissions between April 9 and April 16 to determine the winner of the Popular Choice Award.
Key Dates and Prizes
The contest kicked of on February 28, 2012 and ends on April 2, 2012. Public voting and judging will take place from April 9 – 16. The winners will be announced the week of April 16. 
Winners of the Galaxy Note S Pen App Challenge will split more than $200,000 in cash and prizes. Prizes will be awarded for the best overall apps and for category awards in games, media, sports, social, lifestyle, travel, education, productivity, entertainment and other. The prizes will be distributed by the following breakdown:
Best Overall App, Grand Prize - $100,000
Best Overall App, Second Prize - $50,000
Best Overall App, Third Prize - $25,000
Category Honorable Mention (10) - $2,000 and a Samsung Galaxy Note (estimated retail value, plus tax and shipping $800)
Popular Choice Award - $2,000
S Pen Software Developer Kit
Samsung has created an S Pen open software developer kit for developers of all sizes and scale (from the hobbyist to large app developers) to create apps that will be optimized for the S Pen experience.  Applications made for S Pen by utilizing the SDK library benefits from 256 levels pressure sensitivity of the S Pen, fast, responsive and accurate digital writing experience and the  HD Super AMOLED™ 5.3-inch display on the Galaxy Note.
The Samsung developer forum provides resources and information about Samsung and Samsung mobile devices. The developer forum is a resource to support developers in innovating new apps on Samsung product and platforms. 
Samsung Apps
Samsung Apps is a customized recommendation engine that provides a simple way for users to discover new apps for their Samsung devices. Samsung Apps provides a smart, curated view of available applications based on which device the user is accessing the service from, the user’s profile and app history as well as recommendations from friends. For Galaxy Note users, Samsung Apps provides an excellent place to find apps uniquely suited for their device – including those "Made for S Pen" – applications designed to take advantage of the precision control and writing instrument for the Galaxy Note, the S Pen.


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