Samsung Galaxy S 4 (white, three up, front, profile, back)

Samsung wants more developers writing apps that require features exclusively found on its own devices, such as the Galaxy S4 flagship smartphone – and is willing to pay. In an $800,000 competition, the South Korean conglomerate is seeking entries which highlight its own sharing service and proprietary software development kit.

The first-prize winner takes home $200,000, three second-place finalists receive $100,000 each, while six third-place finishers get $50,000 each, according to the Wall Street Journal. The competition’s goal is to improve Samsung’s standing against Apple’s iPhone…

Although officially named the Smart App Challenge for Android, the app contest concentrates on Samsung devices, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Unlike the iPhone, which has become synonymous with Apple’s iOS, Samsung is just the most-visible member of a large number of Android devices. To increase Samsung’s stature as apart from Android, the second-annual competition is keenly interested in apps using the Samsung Group Play service.

Additionally, developers entering the competition must use Samsung’s own Chord SDK – a streaming and network software package the smartphone maker hopes to make an industry standard.

Samsung Galaxy Chord SDK teaser 001

Some of the featured of the Chord SDK include interaction between Galaxy devices, synchronized content sharing, broadcast of messages to nearby devices, data transfer between devices and multiplayer games.

This isn’t the first time Samsung has dipped into its substantial bank account to boost devices. In 2010, the company offered $2.7 million to developers creating for the inexpensive bada smartphone.

Samsung is not the only handset maker looking to use cash to boost its app count against Apple. Microsoft has waved money around attempting to entice developers to write versions of iOS apps for Windows Phone.

  • Wise move!

    • pauleebe

      I agree. One of Android’s pitfalls is app quality/selection.

  • Boss

    If they send me a free Galaxy S4 sure I’d help out

    • Id just sell it back on ebay lol

      • Boss

        I’ve rather get a share of that $800K first than sell it

  • iosPixel

    I can’t wait until google does to android what they did with chrome and Firefox. A google phone or atleast a truly current gen endorsed one that runs a google os that’s not android but just stole what worked.

    By the way I’m not detracting anything from Firefox or an Apple phone (I’ve resigned to the fact that despite the pitfalls ill always own one!) just anticipating the demise of a miss mash play store, second rate handsets with hardware manufactures that have no concept of intergrating hardware with their software or developing thier own OS that works…

    At least Samsung are wising up!

    /Rant over.

    • Sam L.

      well there are google nexus devices

    • Gorgonphone

      google should have done that as son as they bout motorolla..lololo

    • erod434

      Because the most popular mobile os in the world doesn’t work…

  • Oh Shamesung…

    • Gorgonphone

      they suuuuck

  • Yes, do that Shamesung.. do that! because after that I’ll enjoy hackers porting those “exclusive apps” to other Android devices and call it “KarmaIsABitch.apk”

    • maurid

      Cool story, bro.

      • Kurt

        He’s not a bright kiddy. Too much fluoride in his water maybe. I don’t think he will figure out your sarcasm lol

  • Ernie Marin

    any developer can make $200,000 in a week from an iphone app, heck just look at the aholes that made injustice, to get superman to level 5 takes more than 1,000,000 coins, so even if you buy the $99.99 coin pack you still about 200,000 more to finish him, and that’s just one character and you need 3 level 5, gold with all the upgrades and lets face it, unless you endlessly grind for months you won’t be able to it by just playing.

    • Gorgonphone

      lololollol

    • Kurt

      Can you make an app and prove it? thanks…

  • mehrab

    I played aroud with a gs4 air gestures are very crappy and the phone is slow and buggy as hell like opening a new tab takes 2 secs to load
    Cmon android
    Optimize your shit?

    • erod434

      Let’s get real here, no you didn’t you were too busy jizzing over your iphone. I mean serious you as well as many other fanboys continue to bash other people’s devices in order to justify the fact that the iphone actually has phones that contend with it. If you had actually spent more than a few seconds using the gs4, you would have found that while the air gestures do not work 100% of the time, in most circumstances they work and I find them useful at certain times and fun to show off to people. Also, I have had the gs4 for about 2 weeks now and it has been completely buttery smooth and no lag or stutter or reboots as you fanboys like to think there is. My brother has an iphone 5 and it is on par with that. I like ios alot and all that the “walled garden” has to offer, but I have found that with newer devices the speed difference is negligible and on android it is much easier to customize my device to be able to do what I want to do with it quickly. Unless ios 7 adds many new features and refreshs the ui, I will stick with android as my phone os. For my tablet os on the other hand, I will continue to stick with ios for the apps.

      • mehrab

        I made a huge comment and its awaiting moderation waitforit.

      • iosPixel

        The anticipation is killing me!

    • Dan

      GS4 laggy? I stopped reading there, maybe the air gesture isn’t perfect, but the phone itself performs perfectly when it comes to performance.

      • mehrab

        You my friend never touched an iphone 5 i was purrely honest if you dont believe me go on youtube and see the, speed test the performance on it is not the best i”ve seen on an android maybe thats bcos of the 1080p but yeah its slower then the 7 month old iphone 5 when i first heard this stuff that it was slower i thot it was just a little slow but when i tried i was very disssapointed when i say slow i dont neccesarily mean speed even tho the iphone is spedier i mean smoothness too

      • mehrab

        I know now you”ll be like oh yeah i”ve played aroumd with the iphone 5 bla bla but you seriously havemt muititasking on the gs4 wasnt up to the mark either lots of slow animations and dropped frames if you cant see it or can deal with it good for you and read the whole post

      • Dan

        You certainly have a right to your opinion, but in my book, GS4 and iPhone 5 are both great phones. Both cater to a different clientele. My wife recently upgraded to GS4, so I played with it a LOT. I did not have the problems you mentionned, nor does my Note 2.

      • mehrab

        Exactly cos your used to the lag

      • Dan

        Yeah… don’t put words in my mouth. The Note 2 and GS4 do not lag, at all. You can say it’s laggy all you want, doesn’t make it true. Anyways, lets agree to disagree.

      • mehrab

        Bro please everyone has been saying its lagging it is laggy its suppper laggy inside apps you know it too its mostly appearemt to former/current ios userscso yeah bro please i am just being homest here i have a bunch of androids they all lag the one that lags the less is my nexus 4

      • Dan

        only people I have seen saying it lags are dumb fanboys like yourself, look at objective reviews before you proclaim your opinion as fact. Anyway I’m done here and will noy be replying to you anymore, good day to you sir!

      • mehrab

        Your just dumb your just lying you know its laggy i”d put a video up if i cud but oh f*** it okay its not laggy sure lets agree but its still a heck lot slower the. The iphone 5

      • Kurt

        My iphone and ipad are laggy as hell. Jailbreak it and try to get some of the features stock Android has and thats what you get. Why? iPhones and iPads are made for a very simple, basic app launcher, I mean, OS. We have very little RAM so we can’t do too much at once. I understand that now, and will buy a Note 3 this summer. Note 2 is almost a year old now and still is regarded as the best phone.

      • mehrab

        The gs4 is a great phone its just a little too slow amd buggy

      • Kurt

        How’s your iphone 5? Was it purchased brand new and chipped, scratched and/or bent?

        Go to Youtube and search “iPhone 5 bent” crap phone. My 4S is built much much better.

      • Kurt

        That’s exactly where I stopped. I followed it up with a “Pathetic little troll”

  • Gorgonphone

    ummm lol paying folks to make crap for your crappy phones.. fact is as long as samsung relies on crapy android they cant win..