The Tizen offering at last years Samsung Developer Conference 2013 wasn’t particularly Interesting, but i’m excited to say this years conference is significantly better in terms of sessions and content “geared” towards Tizen. Now Tizen actually stands out as a Topic, for you to learn about this “rapidly growing growing, open platform optimized for HTML5 and used in a wide range of products”.
 

“Our app is really about finding the best places for food on the go, so figuring out how to make it work on a wearable is a big goal for us,” said Joe Perez, Founder, Tastemade. “Getting immersed in the software side of Samsung and learning how to develop our app for its devices has led to development of our app for wearables, which is a great place for us to be. We look forward to returning and learning even more at Samsung Developer Conference in a few weeks.”

 
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The conference will feature more than 10 topics, encompassing around 90 sessions, including a variety of themes such as:

  • Smart Health : The Samsung Developer Conference will feature technical sessions and workshops on a variety of smart health topics this year. Attendees will learn more about using wearable sensors and how they can leverage the resulting data to uncover new discoveries and breakthroughs in health.
  • Wearables : As the leader of wearable technology, Samsung will include a series of sessions dedicated to this burgeoning segment.
  • Virtual Reality : The conference will also provide developers the insight and tools to create contents for Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition powered by Oculus. Developers will learn about new opportunities in the virtual world, how to create an immersive mobile experience, and move from development in 2D to a 3D virtual environment.
  • Mobile : The Mobile topic shares tips and know-how to help developers fine-tune or update their Android apps to work that much better. Experienced developers will share their findings on power and memory management, working with camera APIs, quality assurance recommendations and design. Partners will describe how they have implemented solutions using Samsung SDKs for fingerprint, audio, edge screen, motion and more.
  • Smart Home : Samsung will offer collaboration opportunities for many different players in the market as Smart Home is a service in which these players can not only participate but also, in extent, enrich the user experience. Samsung plans to construct an open ecosystem that can embrace the diverse needs of these players. Various channels for collaboration will be provided for app developers, device manufacturers and service providers in coming months, starting with a few that are to be shared at this conference.
  • Game : Another topic dedicated to mobile game development will provide programmers targeting the number one application segment with new insights and techniques for creating compelling, high performance games.

 


Topics that relate to Tizen Include

  • Internet of things
    • In Samsung’s device connected world, Tizen plays an important part in their overall strategy of the connected home and beyond.
  • Gear / Wearables
    • Tizen is already inside the Galaxy Gear / Gear 2 / Gear 2 Neo and the upcoming Gear S. There are plenty of sessions on offer that will show Developers how to take full advantage of coding and monetizing this exciting platform.
  • KNOX / Enterprise
    • Many samsung Tizen products like Smartphones will have KNOX security and business features already Integrated at launch.
  • Smart TV
    • We have already seen Tizen TV running on a commercial TV, and Tizen will be the platform that Samsung uses to distinguish itself in Smart TVs and where it can own services from that of the competition.
  • Mobile
    • The first commercial Tizen Smartphone will be launched in India in the coming months, but unfortunately there are no Tizen Smartphone specific sessions at this point in time, but there is always the chance (we hope) that something like “Developing applications for the Tizen Smartphone – Overview” gets Introduced into the schedule.

Tizen Sessions

Below is a list of Sessions that are Tizen specific or can apply to a Tizen developer audience:

  • Tizen Overview
  • Core Tizen UI and related APIs – an Overview
  • One Web App to Rule Them All
  • Building Large-Scale Applications Using Web Standards
  • Samsung Gear App Challenge
  • Communicating with Your Gear
  • Gear S Primer – What you Need to Know to Get Started
  • Samsung Gear S – The fusion of Design, Technology, and Fashion
  • UX for Gear — Designing a Wearable Experience
  • Validating Your Gear App
  • Using TAU — the Tizen Advanced Web UI Framework for Gear
  • Sign Here — Making Your App Secure
  • Samsung KNOX Roadmap. What’s Next?
  • Enhance Your Business with Samsung KNOX SDK
  • Samsung KNOX, Developing for the Enterprise

 

“The Samsung Developer Conference brings together some of the most creative minds in mobile app development,” said Dan Faulkner, Senior Vice President, Nuance Mobile. “The conference was an opportunity for us to showcase what is possible with voice innovation and created the opportunity for collaboration with the Samsung developer ecosystem. And with the rapid innovation underway in the Internet of Things, smart home and in smart health, this year’s conference will no doubt drive the next generation of applications that Samsung consumers won’t want to live without.”


Full Session List

Full list of Sessions so far, which is subject to change:

  • Finding Revenue Sources in Non-Intuitive Ways
  • Monetization in Emerging Markets: Stop Ignoring 50% of Your Audience
  • Samsung Wallet & Ticket Open API 2.0
  • Monetizing Your App by Monitoring Performance Metrics
  • Perfect Pitch: Making the Case for Investors
  • What is Samsung Looking to Invest in?
  • Meet the New Samsung GALAXY Apps
  • Tizen Overview
  • Core Tizen UI and related APIs – an Overview
  • One Web App to Rule Them All
  • Rise to the Top with the Right Elevator Pitch for Games
  • Branding Secrets Developer Don’t Know
  • Left Brain + Right Brain = Engagement
  • Learn How to Easily Create High-Demand Multi-screen Games
  • Samsung LBS Platform + Strategy
  • The Jetsons: How to Give Voice to the Connected IoT Lifestyle
  • Smart Connectivity SDK
  • Beyond HTML5: Fixing the Potholes of the Web
  • Building Large-Scale Applications Using Web Standards
  • Native, Web Standards, or Hybrid
  • Soundcamp and Samsung Professional Audio
  • Invited Talk from Soundcamp and Professional Audio SDK Partners
  • Top Ten Memory Management and Tuning Tips
  • Computational Photography with Camera2 APIs
  • Preventing Pernicious Power Problems Proactively
  • Motion SDK – Lark Technologies
  • PEN.UP SDK — The Way to the World of Artworks
  • Samsung Gear App Challenge
  • Communicating with Your Gear
  • Gear S Primer – What you Need to Know to Get Started
  • Samsung Gear S – The fusion of Design, Technology, and Fashion
  • En“Rich”ing Notifications
  • UX for Gear — Designing a Wearable Experience
  • Validating Your Gear App
  • Using TAU — the Tizen Advanced Web UI Framework for Gear
  • Sign Here — Making Your App Secure
  • Samsung KNOX Roadmap. What’s Next?
  • Enhance Your Business with Samsung KNOX SDK
  • Samsung KNOX, Developing for the Enterprise
  • Tailor Your Experience with KNOX Customization
  • Develop Your security with TIMA and Light-weight API for Application and Data Protection in Samsung KNOX
  • Universal MDM Client (UMC) and Samsung Enterprise Gateway (SEG) make user enrollment process simple
  • Maximize Value with Samsung Mobile B2B Partner Ecosystem
  • Introduction to Samsung EDU SDK for Android
  • Best Practices for TV Design
  • Take the Dive — Building a New Kind of TV App
  • Lean Back and Enjoy the View — Introducing Tizen-based Smart TV SDK
  • MultiScreen World
  • MultiScreen SDK Technical Deep Dive
  • Introduction to Samsung MultiScreen SDK

 


Thoughts

The Samsung Developer Conference 2014 certainly has a whole load of content that Tizen devs can get immersed in, and is definitely worth attending, but there is still something lacking. Devs still want a real world ‘Tizen Smartphone Developer Device‘, and also sessions targeting Smartphone development, which is still missing. If we want Devs to port over their existing / new applications to Tizen, we need to show that Samsung will explicitly support them, and then these same developers will venture further into Wearable and TV platforms, which are nice optional platforms, but the Smartphone is what kick starts and completes any ecosystem.

Visit http://samsungdevcon.com for further information on the conference and also a list of great speakers that are lined up.

 

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