Samsung Electronics announced the launch of a mobile widget SDK for its TouchWiz user interface, enabling developers to create widgets across Samsung devices spanning multiple platforms. Created by software solutions provider UIEvolution, Samsung Mobile Widget SDK--built on the open-source Eclipse platform--will focus on three key areas: Developer education, developer tools and application distribution/marketing. In conjunction with the Samsung Mobile Innovator program, developers are promised 24/7 access to Samsung's Virtual Device Lab for remote application testing on the Windows Mobile, Symbian and Java platforms--once the widget is complete, developers may also pitch their concepts directly to Samsung for potential distribution via channels including the Samsung Widget Gallery (embedded on the forthcoming Omnia II handset) and the Samsung Application Store.
Samsung will kick off the Samsung Mobile Widget SDK with by hosting its first Widget Developer Camp from Sept. 11 to 13 at San Francisco's Hyatt Regency. Selected applicants will compete for prizes in five widget categories: Social Media, News/Reference, Health/Fitness, Travel/Entertainment and Humor/Fun. Samsung will award a $5,000 prize to a winner in each category, topped off by a $20,000 Best in Show prize. To apply, click here.
For more on the Samsung Mobile Widget SDK:
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