The contest is divided into two categories, namely ‘Samsung Apps Super Apps’ and ‘Best S Pen Apps’. A total of 80 entries will be selected as winners, receiving a total of $4.08 million (around R33 million) in prize money along with a variety of promotional benefits.
The challenge is open to all mobile application developers across the globe. Developers who wish to participate should sign up directly on the App Challenge website and register their apps on Samsung Apps. Registration will run until 30th September 2012.
Contest entrants will be divided into two categories. In the ‘Samsung Apps Super Apps’ segment, winning entries will be decided by the public, with the 30 most downloaded games and 30 most downloaded non-game apps winning a share of the prize money.
Within the ‘Best S Pen App’ segment, a panel of judges will decide the winning entries, which will consist of 20 innovative applications that utilise the S Pen’s functionality in interesting and experimental ways.
Winning entrants will be rewarded with prize money as well as a range of promotional benefits through Samsung’s global channels. They will be given a chance to promote their apps through a variety of social media channels, as well as other online and offline platforms the likes of 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 Craige Fleischer, director of mobile communications at Samsung Electronics SA.
“Since their launch, the Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Note, along with Samsung Galaxy smartphones, 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,” he concluded.
In related news, Samsung Electronics SA recently started assembling all PC monitors above 21" destined for the SA market locally. According to the Korean tech giant, this will result in more cost effective solutions for consumers.