These days, everyone want a platform and the developers that come with it. In the case of the consumer electronics giant that Samsung has become over the last few years, they've got several platforms, even if their most important one is standing on the shoulders of some giants in Mountain View. To expand the presence of Samsung in the developer community, the company has announced its very first developer conference, currently scheduled for October 27th, 28th, and 29th.

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The Samsung Developer Conference (SDC) will take place in the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. Though there will certainly be a heavy presence of Android and TouchWiz, the early press materials stress that this conference will focus on all of Samsung's developer relations. It's a company-wide event, spanning all relevant product lines. There will undoubtedly be panels and resources for developers focusing on Tizen, Windows, Samsung Smart TVs, various branded app stores and APIs/SDKs, and whatever it is that's powering those shiny brushed aluminum refrigerators.

Registration for the conference will begin "later this summer," and presumably include a price and a list of panels, both of which are currently absent from the rather sparse SamsungDevCon website. There's an email signup for anyone who wants to be the first in the digital door. Keen Android newshounds will note that the conference is taking place right in Google's backyard. Pretty cheeky, Samsung.

Placing the conference in the US is obviously a strategic move on Samsung's part. If it's successful, I wouldn't be surprised to see similar events held in Europe and Asia over the next year or so.

Source: SamsungDevCon.com

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Sean White

    All the android devs I know and work with will be almost completely ignoring this. Why build apps only for one device set when you can build apps for an entire markets worth

    • Comentologo

      It hurts, isn't it?

      • dhruva

        what hurts?

      • Sean White

        That their system is popular, not overly. Yet. Normally I would say that people are free to use whatever SDK they want to but this comes down to the fact that Samsung is ACTIVELY telling devs to ONLY develop for TouchWiz. This doesn't hold to the values of the Android system nor to the values of fair few SW devs. The only ones that think that lock in is a good move are those that got their break Developing for Apple prouducts (I know this is a MASSIVE generalisation but the attitude of some Mac and iOS devs towards anything non-apple is disturbing).

        This then gets to the idea of a Samsung system, either Tizen or an Android fork, that is theirs completely with no reliance on the upstream google nor the ability for it to work cross-platforally. This would be bad for all involved.

        • Lupe Fiasco

          If Samsung was to make the move to having their own system, it would be the fall of Samsung Mobile wise. Samsung doesn't realize that there not apple. They don't have there own following, and they don't have the power to make devs port their apps from the Playstore into the Samsung App Store. Any dev that have plans on actually being successful will know that putting their apps just into Samsung's App Store would be very bad choice.

          • Freak4Dell

            Honestly, I wish Samsung would just go ahead and do this. It's time for them to be taken down a notch.

  • http://beaugil.es BeauGiles

    Oooh, so I can finally program my Samsung fridge and Samsung washing machine?!

  • Jooyoung Hong

    Most CM devs who worked on Exynos devices hate Samsung. DESPISE HATE.
    they are horrible. they pretend like they're developer friendly when in reality they are not.
    Entropy, Xplod, & codeworkx can attest to that!

  • Cheeseball

    These morons will probably tell us to use follow their TouchWiz "standards" instead of releasing documentation for their SOCs.