By STF News
And that’s a wrap for SDC19!
We started our morning at Fit @ SDC with Under Armour before heading to the Spotlight Session. If you didn’t get a chance to attend, make sure to watch the video. We also listened to Justin Sun’s tech session at the Theater, along with a few others, and continued exploring Dev Park and Tech Square. There was no shortage of inspiration!
Check out some highlights from today:
1. Spotlight Session
The Spotlight Session really hit the developer sweet spot. Taher Behbehani spoke about B2B innovation, while Vitalik Buterin dove into blockchain technology. Overall, it highlighted What’s Next for Samsung developers. Keep reading for some key takeaways.
Rapid B2B Growth
Taher focused on B2B growth and innovation. Samsung has over 700 million devices deployed around the world and serves 50,000 large enterprise customers globally. 2019 especially was a big growth year – our mobile revenue grew by 20% and we doubled our tablet sales.
The trends driving this rapid growth are:
Growing Device Landscape – new market opportunities in industrial devices and a technology refresh that moves away from single-purpose devices A New Generation of Networks – deployment of private networks Changing Apps – IoT, AI, and edge computing We’re excited to see how our devs take advantage of this sector.
Tab Active Pro
The Galaxy Tab Active Pro is now available in the US! Its hardware and software will give enterprise devs the tools that they need to innovate.
Hardware Updates: It’s purpose-built. Rain, snow, and mud roll right off of Galaxy Tab Active Pro and you can wear while using work gloves.
Software Updates: The Galaxy Tab Active Pro includes Samsung DeX, which enables an immersive PC-like experience. It is also mobile POS-ready, allowing you to easily integrate payment and inventory management features in your apps to improve the user experience. It’s ideal for devs who are building apps for mobile food service vendors, delivery, and logistics companies.
Check out the video to find out more!
Knox and Security
Knox provides easy-to-use tools for business users to control devices at every step of the mobile journey. It manages the different layers of the stack to get deeper levels of customization and integration.
Today, the Knox Partner Program was introduced. Devs now have access to partners around the world, the latest test devices, and unlimited developer keys. You can also get your apps Knox-validated.
Blockchain and Samsung
Vitalik spoke about Ethereum and the future of blockchain. He praised Samsung for its efforts integrating Ethereum application support in its devices. Despite the challenges blockchain tech currently faces, Vitalik believes that blockchains are almost ready for mass adoption. He spoke to many scaling solutions and thinks that as 5G gains more traction, it will also help.
Inspirational Dev Stories
Lori Fraleigh, Senior Director of Developer Relations at Samsung, introduced several inspirational developers to the audience.
Daniel Mittendorf: Founder of DigiVoice.io
As a Bixby Premier Developer, Daniel works with Bixby Marketplace to share DigiVoice capsules. His capsules are at the forefront of voice tech and can launch sounds that are undetectable to human ears. He’s discovered how to keep mosquitoes at bay and comfort your pets when you’re gone with a single sound.
Melanie Lombardi: Echo Visuals
Melanie creates stunning themes that transform Samsung phones. She started designing themes four years ago when she got her first Samsung Galaxy S6 edge. Melanie was able to turn a fascinating side project into a successful, income-generating business. Now, Echo Visuals is one of Samsung’s top revenue makers in the Galaxy Theme store.
These are just two Samsung devs mentioned during the Spotlight Session that exemplify Where Now Meets Next. We can’t wait to see what our talented developer community comes up with next!
2. Justin Sun at the Theater
Justin, founder and CEO of Tron, spoke to a crowd at the Theater during his tech session, “TRON, Blockchain, and Real-World Uses.”
TRON is now supported by Samsung Blockchain Keystore SDK, which means that you have direct access to apps that run TRON blockchain while on Samsung devices. Devs will have access to a crypto-ready audience, that can start using their applications with ease!
Check out this short interview!
3. Mobile Design Showcase
The Samsung Mobile Design Competition challenges professional and student designers to imagine how mobile devices will be used in the future. It also presents a fresh perspective on how the Galaxy will evolve. The winners had a chance to showcase their designs at the Theater today, and were honored during Keynote on Day 1. A huge congrats to all the winners!
3rd: Blossom of Galaxy: Guan Hong Yeoh 2nd: Approachability of Galaxy: Andre Cardoso 1st: Garden of Galaxy: Kalle Järvenpää MOBILE+ WINNERS
3rd: Belt of Galaxy: Alexander Rehn 2nd: Fellas of Galaxy: Ece Demirpence 1st: Stars of Galaxy: André Gouveia
4. Most-Visited Sessions
Just like yesterday, we took note of the most-attended tech sessions from Day 2! Check out what fellow devs were most excited about.
Become a Leader in Voice AI: Join the Bixby Premier Developer Program
Attendees joined Rachel Batish (Audioburst), Piyush Hari (Dilli Labs), Steve Arkonovich (Reed College), and Adam Cheyer (Viv Labs) as they shared insights about the exciting frontier of Voice AI and the benefits of joining the Samsung developer ecosystem as a Bixby Premier Developer.
Transforming Consumer Relationships Through Digital Identity Services
Bob Reany, Executive Vice President Identity Solutions at MasterCard, and Sang Ahn, VP and Division Head of Content & Services, GM Samsung Pay, discussed how Digital ID addresses pain points and transforms consumers’ lives. Attendees learned how Mastercard’s global digital identity service, developed in partnership with Samsung, works smartly, securely, and seamlessly with mobile devices.
One UI: Designed for Everyday Simplicity
Huichual Yang, Head of Basic UX Design Group at Samsung, explained One UI 2 design principles and its visual system. He also discussed its grand vision and progress towards creating a single user experience.
Thanks to all 5,800 attendees who made SDC19 a success. We’ll see you next year!
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Today at the Samsung Developer Conference the company announced that it would open its smart TV platform, Tizen TV, to third-party manufacturers.
“With Tizen, consumers can stream content from hundreds of apps,” Sang Kim, Global Head of Smart TV Business Development said during the keynote. “For the first time we’re going to make the Tizen TV OS available to other manufacturers.”
According to Kim, over 100 million TVs currently support Tizen and while that’s a substantial number, this move could stem the flow of manufacturers like Hisense and TCL from rushing to Roku TV and Android TV platforms for their smart platforms. It could even increase the Bixby user base too, which is a key goal for Samsung.
So what, exactly, makes Tizen so appealing that TV makers would want to adopt it? Primarily its Samsung TV Plus platform which offers free content and integrates with over-the-top cable providers, as well as its large app library powered by developers (hence why the announcement was made at its developer conference).
Unfortunately, beyond the announcement of news, Samsung isn’t offering any additional details – it’s not ready to announce potential partners, for example, nor is it ready to reveal when the first third-party Tizen TVs will be available.
The silver lining? With CES 2020 right around the corner, more information is likely coming in two month's time.
I keep getting an SDBExceptionError when trying to install an app to Samsung TV from the Tizen SDK. The error is "closed closed". The connection is good. It appears connected in the IDE device manager. I also permitted to install on that device in device manager. Everything looks normal, but SDB fails.
By STF News
Developers, designers, and partners all gathered in the San Jose Convention Center for Day 1 of SDC19. The day unfolded with big announcements, inspiring messages, and new updates on tools and SDKs that allow developers to scale their services across billions of devices through an extensive, secure and connected ecosystem.
Check out the highlights below!
Samsung is advancing experience innovation, in collaboration with developers and partners. In the keynote, DJ Koh and other Samsung leaders laid out the roadmap for the company’s future and highlighted some important product announcements. From new mobile computing experiences with One UI 2 to the SmartThings Rules API. Highlighting AI expansion with Bixby templates, DevJam, Bixby Views, and Natural Language Categories, there was plenty to help developers reach more customers on more devices than ever before.
SDC19 also showcased how Samsung is forging new partnerships with brands such as IBM, Microsoft, Intel, and more.
If you couldn’t attend the Keynote, watch the livestream video here or check out these key announcements on What’s Next for Samsung:
Redefining the Mobile Experience
Samsung is dedicated to expanding and improving the mobile experience. One UI 2 was announced at SDC19’s Keynote and is designed for everyday simplicity. It includes new features that declutter the user interface making interactions more natural. Now, the developer and user should have consistent experiences across all devices, not just smartphones.
One UI 2.0 also show how Samsung inspires developers with new experiences across devices and new form factors in the foldable category.
Devs, get excited!
8K Strides for Smart TV
We know that picture quality is important to developers, and rightfully so. With AI ScaleNet, we’ve made it possible to stream high-quality 8K videos on networks with lower bandwidth capabilities. Plus, check out these tools to help you bring new experiences across the nearly 100 million Tizen-powered Smart TVs.
Wits: automatically uploads a code edit to the TV, so developers can see their update almost immediately, significantly trimming development time EasyST: makes testing content playback easier because you don’t need to build a test app to make sure your content is streaming correctly TIFA (Tizen Identifier for Advertising): gives consumers the option to limit ad tracking or opt-out of targeted advertising Third-party Availability: Samsung is making Tizen TV OS available to third-party TV makers Samsung’s Open Ecosystem
Every dev knows about Bixby Marketplace, and in the past six months the size of the Bixby developer community has doubled! To make it easier for developers to keep creating new experiences and to ensure consumers have more intuitive experiences, Samsung announced enhanced capabilities in the Bixby Developer Studio. Get excited!
Bixby Templates: create capsules using pre-existing forms – Adam Cheyer built one in seconds at SDC19’s Keynote! Enhanced Bixby Views: build capsules with a consistent design beyond just smartphones — the list includes tvs, tablets, smart watches, and refrigerators Natural Language: when users ask Bixby for help related to a category — such as radio, news, or navigatio – Bixby suggests a capsule to help them get what they need more quickly and easily, without having to call out the exact capsule name
And the AI/IoT highlights weren’t just about Bixby! Samsung announced new capabilities for devs to build on and integrate existing devices with the SmartThings platform.
New Rules API: a more automated smart home experiences that reflects individual daily routines across a broad range of SmartThings devices SmartThings Device SDK Beta program: goes live in early 2020 to enable more third-party manufacturers to create SmartThings-compatible devices
2. Best of Galaxy Store Awards
Samsung celebrated app devs and designers at SDC19 today by announcing its Best of Galaxy Store Awards 2019 selections — an annual list of what we consider to be the best content available in the Galaxy Store. Here’s the full list of winners!
Best Theme Designer (big brand) Cogul Planet Best Theme Design Echo Visuals Whimsical Woods (Premium Animated AOD) Best Indie Theme Designer X9 Studio Best Theme Brand Collaboration Cogul Planet MLB Themes Best Watch Designer (big brand) Matteo Dini Best Watchface Design Summer Vacation Best Indie Watch Designer Vienna Studios Best Watch App iGear Radio Best App to Relax With Headspace Best Productivity App Degoo Best Made for Samsung App Rosetta Stone 1:1 English Tutoring for Samsung Best Social App TikTok Best Streaming App Mixer Best Creative App Concepts Best Indie App HomeAdvisor Best Travel App App in the Air for Samsung Best Use of Galaxy Badge Skillz Best Indie Game Two Dots Best Multiplayer Badland Brawls Best AR Game Harry Potter Wizards Unite Best Choose Your Own Adventure Hollywood Story Best Casual Game Candy Crush Friends Saga Best Adventure Game Sonic Forces Best Role Playing Game Game of Sultans Best Racing Game Asphalt 9: Legends 3. Key Tech Sessions from Day 1
We took note of the most-attended tech sessions from Day 1! Check out what fellow devs were most excited to learn about.
New Era of Data Insights with Samsung Health: 166 people came to hear Jack Ahn share how to extract value from data and verifiable insights to close the loop in the end-to-end user health journey. Attendees discovered how to build insightful services for their users with a data insight platform that encompasses blockchain and ML models on-device. IoT 2.0: The Next Phase of SmartThings: 150 people joined Aloknath De, Yan Rodriguez, and Yeshodhan Kulkarni to learn more about the SmartThings platform service, integrated devices, and future plans for the SmartThings IoT business. This session specifically related back to the Keynote and explored improvements made to the SmartThings platform to enable stronger business growth for partners and developers, and highlighted ways new partners can join the SmartThings ecosystem. Progressive Web Apps and the Evolution of the Web: 129 people wanted to learn more about building and distributing apps using web technologies with Luis Gonzalez-Zuniga, Dongwoo Im, Laura Morinigo, and Jeff Burtoft. Progressive Web Apps (PWA) leverages new capabilities that allow for better integration of your app into the OS. The in-depth session dove into new features and tools and how PWAs can take advantage of WebAPK, OneUI CSS, and more. 4. Devs + Drinks
After an exciting first day, attendees connected with fellow devs and industry pros at our spook-tacular evening event with cocktails, Halloween-themed bites, and music. The “Day of the Dev” themed night was complete with music, psychic readings, spooky art activities, and more.
So, in the spirit of Devs + Drinks, cheers to Day 2! Check in tomorrow for our Day 2 update and the Spotlight Session livestream, but in the meantime, follow along with #SDC19 on social media for all the latest updates.
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By STF News
Samsung Developer Conference is only days away! If you can’t make it to San Jose, you can follow along with our two livestreams for Keynote and Spotlight Session. Tune in for exciting new information and insights on the latest tech and tools from industry leaders.
Just head to the Samsung Developer Conference homepage once the event begins to watch. In the meantime, add a livestream calendar reminder to ensure you don’t miss a thing.
Opening Keynote Livestream: October 29 at 10 am PST
Get ready for big names, exciting announcements, and cutting-edge reveals. Hear Samsung’s vision for the future straight from top leaders like DJ Koh, Eui-Suk Chung, Larry Heck, Adam Cheyer, Jayeon Jung, and more. They’ll discuss updates on everything from Bixby to SmartThings to Galaxy and Smart TV. Tune in to be the first to hear these announcements and insights.
Spotlight Session Livestream: October 30 at 10 am PST
Learn from Ethereum Co-Founder Vitalik Buterin as he shares how he created one of the most successful blockchain technologies and what he’s currently working on. Taher Behbehani will discuss B2B and how today’s talented developers and most innovative enterprises can collaborate to drive impact and change. Get the scoop from these industry leaders as they discuss their vision for the future and tech’s hottest topics.
Plus, check out the Samsung Developer Program blog for daily highlights or follow the hashtag #SDC19 on Twitter for hour-by-hour updates. Make sure you shoot us a tweet while you’re following along — we’d love to hear your thoughts!
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Samsung launched the Galaxy Watch Active alongside the S10 earlier this year, positively surprising us with a great all-round wearable product. Its the first Tizen watch to introduce Samsung's new OneUI, which has since made its way to the other smartwatches in the company's lineup. Now, the Active is first in line to receive another software update and with a slew of new capabilities such as a night mode, automatic swimming recognition, a new low heart rate alert, improved Bixby actions, and some general UX improvements.
Let's get Samsung's voice assistant everyone loves to hate out of the way first. It now lets you start customized exercise routines with specific goals and gives you the long-awaited ability to ask for the time differences between cities. The update should also make it easier to control SmartThings devices and change system settings such as brightness.
Proceeding to UI improvements, Tizen gets a new Goodnight Mode, which turns off the display at night and shows you a dedicated watch face with the press of a button. You can turn off notifications altogether while in this mode, or you can customize which notifications you'd still like to receive.
The App Tray has been updated to remove the dial-inspired interface, offering you horizontal swipes through pages of apps instead. With the Watch Active not having a rotating bezel, this makes sense.
On the fitness front, the watch adds automatic swimming recognition to the existing six activities it could detect before. Additionally, you can now set up custom low heart rate alerts alongside the existing high warnings. If your pulse is abnormal for more than 10 minutes, you'll receive a notification. The breathing guide also received some minor UX updates and should help you calm down more efficiently.
You can take a look at the full changelog for this update below:
Build Number : R500XXU1CSG6
Tizen version : Tizen 18.104.22.168
Release Date : 2019-07-23
- New Bixby
. New Bixby helps you get tasks done more easily. Start an exercise with specific goals or ask time difference between your city and the one you will be traveling.
- Samsung Health
. Swimming is new addition to auto detecting exercise types.
. HR Low Alert is added for a heart health.
. Breath Guide graphics are improved.
- App Tray UI
. App Tray UI has been improved for an easier, more intuitive and faster searching and activation.
- Goodnight Mode UI
. A dedicated view will be offered while Goodnight mode is on.
- Disabled automated sync of Alarm from paired Smartphone to Watch
Tizen version 22.214.171.124 is currently rolling out to the Galaxy Watch Active, but as always, it might be a little while before your device receives it.