Connections are BOLD! at the Samsung Developer Conference 2014

The Samsung Developer Conference 2014 was an exciting few days and took place November 11-13, 2014 showcasing Smart devices, Smart homes and Smart people! The future of wearables, and the opportunity to participate and present in the future of Connected Living was all the rage.

The theme this year was connected living, connected devices and connecting developers, looking at the new technology frontier and offering opportunities to the community to participate and benefit. According to a recent IDC forecast, the IoT market will be more than triple in size from  $1.9 trillion last year to $7. 1 trillion by the end of the decade. The opportunity to transform our health, our abilities and our athletic performance was a key in the opening statement by Curtis Sasaki, Samsung Senior Vice President. 

This blog will focus on the new Tizen-based Smart TV SDK. Be sure to check back as we will highlight more about the potential of wearables also.

At the Samsung Developer Conference, Samsung exec Eric Anderson talked up the company’s Tizen-based Smart TV SDK, which will replace the company’s former smart TV developer platform. Here are a few main takeaways:

  • The SDK is aimed at courting web developers to build apps for smart TVs and also enables more cross-platform apps within its ecosystem of devices.
  • The main reason for adopting Tizen: cross-platform HTML5 and JavaScript can be supported.
  • Putting Tizen into everything from phones to smartwatches to TVs, Samsung also stands to benefit from a bit of cross-platform, cross-device applications.
  • When it comes to Samsung’s TV environment in particular, Anderson said Tizen will provide a scalable user interface that will automatically adjust app layouts based on the available screen size of the device. He also noted that Tizen would allow developers to build across multiple devices and screens.
  • Tizen could allow developers to bring web apps quickly onto its devices. Anderson said that moving from Samsung’s existing smart TV developer platform to Tizen could be done in fewer than 40 hours, which would make it easy for developers who are already a part of its smart TV ecosystem to port their apps over.
  • More importantly, however, it will facilitate the transfer of existing web apps onto the Samsung platform.

Unlike the smartphone industry, which is dominated by iOS and Android, the TV world is a largely fragmented mess.

  • Google has tried to provide a platform for CE makers to base their devices on, most manufacturers have rolled out their own proprietary platforms for app makers.
  • Companies like Netflix and Hulu are largely stuck making and maintaining apps for dozens of different smart TV platforms.
  • Moving to more of a web-based platform could speed up development time and also give app makers more flexibility in being able to update apps on the fly.

Samsung wants to make it easier for developers to build apps for its smart TV devices. The consumer electronics giant has decided to enable developers to leverage the Tizen operating system to do so. Samsung has been placing the Linux-based operating system in a number of its devices for a while, in the hopes to increase developer interest in Tizen. That includes mobile phones like the Samsung Z and its Galaxy Gear watches.

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