Samsung is looking to boost app development inside its Tizen OS spin-off ecosystem with the launch of the company’s new Tizen Mobile App Incentive Program. The program is designed to support the developer community in order to grow Samsung’s ecosystem, and there’s $10,000 up for grabs for developers who submit their apps.
The new program is scheduled to run from February 2017 through to October 2017, giving developers time to make a start on their app ideas. Samsung is looking for a wide range of apps, including gaming, social and lifestyle apps. Every month, each of the top 100 apps downloaded from the Tizen store which are registered with the program will win $10,000. In total, Samsung is looking to award $9 million in cash prizes over the program’s 9 months running time.
“We’re excited to launch this new incentive program to help develop and bring the best of mobile apps to the Tizen community as well as provide customers with a better mobile experience.” – Woncheol Chai, VP of Global Product Management, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung
Tizen is Samsung’s open source operating system that is has developed to work across a wide range of its consumer electronics products, including smartwatches and even fridges. The Samsung Z series of smartphones is powered by the OS rather than Android, and it’s these phones that developers should be targeting their apps at as part of the incentive program.
Apps that are already on the Tizen store can enter, as well as entirely new submissions. To register your app, head on over to incentive.tizenstore.com in January 2017, when registrations go live.