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The 2020 Best of Galaxy Store Awards are just around the corner. For the first two years, these awards were announced during the annual Samsung Developer Conference. However, the awards show has moved online for 2020 which means more people can tune in to see who this year's winners are.

The Best of Galaxy Store awards recognizes the top games, apps, themes, watch faces, and new this year, Bixby capsules.

Last month, in the season one finale of the Samsung Developers podcast we talked about the history of the awards, past highlights of previous awards, exciting new changes to Galaxy Store, and our upcoming 2020 Best of Galaxy Store Awards show. Be sure to tune in and listen.

Curious what makes our past winners stand out? We have interviewed a number of past winners on our blog. Read what inspires them and what their tips are for finding success on Galaxy Store.

Get a sneak peak of this year's awards and save the date for Wednesday, Decemeber 9 at 5pm PST. The awards show will premiere on our YouTube channel so be sure to subscribe and hit the notification bell.

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      Start Date Dec 09, 2020
      Location YouTube
      The excitement has begun! Planning is underway for this year’s Best of Galaxy Store Awards, a ceremony that honors developers and designers who publish content in Galaxy Store. This is Samsung Developers' third year of recognizing excellence in design, innovation, and quality.
      We’re adding exciting new features to our awards ceremony and expanded our awards to include Bixby capsules. Join us as we reveal and celebrate this year's winners!
      When: December 9th, 5pm PST
      Where: Hosted virtually on YouTube
      View the full blog at its source
    • By STF News
      Galaxy AR Emoji SDK for Unity makes it possible to control the user’s AR Emoji avatar in a Unity application developed for Galaxy devices. You can add any custom animation movements to the user’s AR Emoji avatar in your Unity applications using the SDK (for example, a game application for Galaxy devices in which a user can select their own AR Emoji avatar as a player instead of the default game player). In this tutorial, you will learn how to add any custom animation to the AR Emoji avatar in a game or any other application using the Galaxy AR Emoji SDK for Unity.
      First, get your Samsung partnership approval from the Partnership Request Process to use the Galaxy AR Emoji SDK for Unity if you are not already a partner. The SDK team will approve the partnership through an immediate review as soon as they receive your partnership request. After getting your partnership approved, go through the basic tutorial by signing in to your account on the Galaxy AR Emoji Developer site.
      In order to animate the AR Emoji model, you need to load the model into your application (described in the “Importing the AR Emoji Model” section in the basic tutorial mentioned above). As our project name is “Animation Tutorial,” we recommend keeping the same name for your project. Besides, you can also add a feature to your app using an Android intent so that a user can create a new avatar by opening the AR Emoji camera directly from your app for a better user experience. Now, you are ready to proceed with this tutorial to animate the loaded model on Galaxy devices.
      Animate the AR emoji
      To animate the avatar, you need the following two components,
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      Create animation clips
      Our project facilitates four different types of animation for the loaded model, so we need four animation clips. The AR Emoji supports only the ANIM format clips (see how to create animation clips for the AR Emoji using the “AnimationGenTool.unitypackage” package of the SDK).
      For this project, we use the animation clips included in the SDK (see Assets → Resources → Animations → Mecanim). But you can use any custom clips created by using tools such as 3Ds Max, AutoCAD Maya, or tools downloaded from other sources, like Mixamo.

      Figure 1: The animation clips included in the SDK.

      One more thing you need to make sure is that every animation clip has the Loop Time option selected so that the AR Emoji doesn’t stop animating after a single animation movement. To do this, select the animation clip and check the Loop Time in the Inspector. Do not forget to do the same for all the animation clips.

      Figure 2: Enabling the Loop Time for Hip Hop Dancing animation clip.

      Our animation clips are now ready. In the next section, we will configure our animator controller for utilizing these clips.
      Configure the animator controller
      Although you can create your animator controller, the default “AnimController” is available under Assets → Resources.

      Figure 3: The default animator controller for the loaded AR Emoji.

      You need to connect the controller to the loaded model. Follow the steps below:
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      Figure 4: The state machine of the animator controller.

      Drag all the animation clips to the state machine and place them in a convenient position. Note that “Idle” is the default animation state for our model.

      Figure 5: Drag the animation clips into the state machine.

      It's time to make the transitions between the states and set appropriate conditions. To do so, you need to create one Boolean parameter for each state. Click the + button and then Bool in the Parameters tab as shown in the diagram below, and name them according to their states (for example, walk, jump, yelling, and dance).

      Figure 6: Create a Boolean parameter for each state (animation clip).

      Right-click on the “Idle” state, select Make Transition, and click on any other state (for example, “Hip Hop Dancing”). As a result, a transition arrow from “Idle” to the selected state is generated. Select the arrow as shown below and then perform the following tasks in the Inspector:

      Figure 7: Select the transition arrow.

      Uncheck the Has Exit Time option for the transition.

      Figure 8: Disable the Has Exit Time option.

      Add a condition for the transition by clicking on the + button.

      Figure 9: Add a condition for the transition.

      Select the appropriate parameter (for example, “dance” for the “Hip Hop Dancing” state).

      Figure 10: Select the parameter for the condition.

      Set the value according to the transition condition (in this example, true, which indicates the model will go from the “Idle” to “Hip Hop Dancing” state).

      Figure 11: Select the condition value for the transition.

      We have completed the transition condition for the “Idle“ to “Hip Hop Dancing” state. For the reverse transition, “Hip Hop Dancing“ to “Idle,” everything is the same as above, except the parameter value. The value should be false as the avatar will go back from the “Hip Hop Dancing” state to the “Idle” state. This completes the full transition condition for the “Hip Hop Dancing” state.
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      Figure 12: The complete state machine for our project.

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      Figure 13: Create a button in UI and configure the property in the Inspector.

      Duplicate the button three times to make a total of four buttons, rename and position them conveniently (as shown below), and change the button texts to indicate the appropriate animation actions.

      Figure 14: Add four buttons in the UI and name them according to their actions.

      The UI is now ready along with the animator controller.
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      Figure 15: Add button references to button variables.

      Add listeners to the button variables at the end of the Start() method, as shown below:
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      Figure 16: The avatar is being animated.

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