Feeds

Google who? Samsung announces its first developer conference

Fall show to feature Android, Tizen tech tips

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration

No longer content to live under Google's shadow, Samsung has announced its first-ever developer conference, to take place in San Francisco in October.

It's no secret that Samsung has been the leading supplier of Android devices for some time now – by a wide margin. According to one study, fully 94.7 per cent of all profits in the Android device market went to the South Korean firm in the first quarter of 2013.

Yet so far, the main event for Android developers each year has been the Chocolate Factory's Google I/O conference, also held in San Francisco. The event routinely sells out months in advance, with tickets running out mere minutes after online registration begins.

Little wonder, given Google's legendary largesse. Each year, I/O attendees receive a bagful of hardware freebies, which in the past have included a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, a Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone, and a Samsung 4G LTE mobile hotspot.

No doubt Samsung reckons two can play at that game. After all, it ships Android handsets in greater numbers than anyone – surely it can spare a few.

And Android isn't even the only iron Samsung has in the fire. Like many mobile makers, the Koreans are looking to diversify their offerings as a hedge against Google's tight-fisted control over the Android platform.

Samsung's leading alternative bet is Tizen, an open source mobile OS being developed under the auspices of the Linux Foundation. At the Tizen Developer Conference in May, Samsung was there to offer technical overviews of the platform and hand out prototype developer devices to every attendee.

The source code and SDK for Tizen 2.1 was released in May, and products based on Tizen 3.0 are expected to appear next year.

Moreover, Samsung is working on platforms beyond just Android and Tizen. It is reportedly collaborating with the Mozilla Foundation to develop a next-generation web browser engine for mobile devices. And don't forget that in recent years it has also become one of the leading suppliers of Windows laptops and tablets – even if Samsung execs have been less than pleased with sales.

Samsung's conference announcement itself gave little details of what attendees can expect at the inaugural event, suggesting only that developers will be able to learn about new Samsung tools and SDKs and "create what's next."

In fact, registration for the conference has yet to open. Leave your email address at the conference website and Samsung will let you know when it's time.

In the meantime, mark your calendar for the event, which is set to take place at San Francisco's Westin St. Francis Hotel from October 27 through 29. ®

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think

More from The Register

next story
PEAK LANDFILL: Why tablet gloom is good news for Windows users
Sinofsky's hybrid strategy looks dafter than ever
Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes
New screen sizes, dual SIMs, voice over LTE, and more
Fiendishly complex password app extension ships for iOS 8
Just slip it in, won't hurt a bit, 1Password makers urge devs
Mozilla keeps its Beard, hopes anti-gay marriage troubles are now over
Plenty on new CEO's todo list – starting with Firefox's slipping grasp
Apple: We'll unleash OS X Yosemite beta on the MASSES on 24 July
Starting today, regular fanbois will be guinea pigs, it tells Reg
Another day, another Firefox: Version 31 is upon us ALREADY
Web devs, Mozilla really wants you to like this one
Secure microkernel that uses maths to be 'bug free' goes open source
Hacker-repelling, drone-protecting code will soon be yours to tweak as you see fit
Cloudy CoreOS Linux distro declares itself production-ready
Lightweight, container-happy Linux gets first Stable release
prev story

Whitepapers

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
A new approach to endpoint data protection
What is the best way to ensure comprehensive visibility, management, and control of information on both company-owned and employee-owned devices?