Following the unveiling of its latest Galaxy Note III S phablet, Samsung has just launched the search for the next big app. This time, the challenge is to develop apps that will take advantage of one of the smartphone’s biggest selling feature: the S Pen.
Samsung launched its first Smart App Challenge shortly after it announced its Galaxy S 4 flagship smartphone. While the doors to that contest has already been closed, Samsung is opening a new one that specifically addresses the strengths of its newly announced devices, the Galaxy Note III as well as the refreshed Galaxy Note 10.1. If you haven’t seen the devices yet, you can read up on our initial impressions of the Galaxy Note III and the new Galaxy Note 10.1.
For this challenge, Samsung is providing its Samsung Mobile SDK and participants will be required to use either or both of two packages included in the SDK. The “Pen” package includes specialized API for creating S Pen applications while the “Look” package gives UI and additional features also for the S Pen. In case you missed Samsung’s announcement of the new Note devices as well as the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, you can catch up with the official recorded video below.
At stake is a $1.1 million cash prize, as well as a Samsung Venture Investment opportunity to have the app promoted through Samsung’s channels and events. If you’re an Android developer and are interested in being a part of this challenge, you have until November 30 to get your winning entry included.