Wednesday , August 15 2018


Samsung are probably the biggest player in Android, but their focus isn’t just mobile, with innovation taking place in phones, tablets, TVs, home appliances, and of course virtual reality. Like Google, Samsung knows that a platform is only as strong as the developers that create apps for it, and so in this spirit, Samsung’s annual Developer Conference is coming around again.

This year’s conference will be held in San Francisco at the Moscone West convention centre, over two days on 27 and 28 April. Developers are being invited to attend at $499 for a two-day pass, but there is an early bird discount of $100 until the end of March.

Some of the headline sessions this year include:

  • Samsung Designer John Gaiser will guide developers through Smart TV development, allowing developers to pool content from different sources and put it on customers’ home screens.
  • Technical Evangelist Dustin Wish will demonstrate the features of the Gear S2 smartwatch and help developers with some hands-on demos.
  • Virtual reality will have a major focus, with Alex Chu running a session on designing intuitive and inviting experiences.
  • Founder of SmartThings Jeff Hagins will take developers on a journey through the Internet of Things, showing them how to harness the power of the cloud and the SmartThings hub and platform.

Other topics will include connected health, smart medical equipment, and integrating Samsung’s devices into the enterprise. For further information, you can check out this brief video from Samsung about the conference:

We’ve discussed covering the Samsung Developer Conference with Samsung before, and this year we just might. Either way, we’ll bring you the major developments from the conference.


Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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