Samsung to host developer conference in fall

Samsung to host developer conference in fall

Summary: To be held in San Francisco, it's the company's first as it works to stabilize its mobile products.


Samsung announced this morning that it will host its first-ever developers' conference from October 27 to 29 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco.

The company sent out notice via e-mail and is soliciting attendees through a dedicated website for the event. The scope of the event is not clear—the company promises more information "later this summer"—and the website says only the following: "Engage with industry leaders. Collaborate with fellow developers. Learn about new Samsung tools and SDKs." 

Mobile is the name of the game, most likely. Google's Android operating system (with Samsung's TouchWiz overlay) has served as Samsung's foundation for years; it has also made effort to develop an alternative named Tizen.

But it's Casey Johnston's headline at Ars Technica that seems to hit the nail closest on its head: "Samsung to cut out Google middleman with own developers' conference." As partners, the two companies rode their waves of mobile success in parallel, but each has antagonized the other at times with efforts to consolidate development of their mobile devices: Google acquired mobile manufacturer Motorola, while Samsung is working on a script for its second act as smartphone margins begin to thin.

Each company is simultaneously a pillar of support and a liability for the other over the long term; they are each other's middlemen.

We'll find out more in the fall.

Topics: Samsung, Software Development

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  • Well...wait for it...

    Samsung will announce its own version of 'Android' and probably a new Store that works along with all its devices. Everybody has a Samsung TV /Fridge, Washing machine and Smart why depend of Google... Google services will not be missed, because they can be accessed via web or there are alternatives...and Samsung can be the king of the Smart Phone Castle, cutting out Google...

    After all android is assembled using stolen and open source technology...anybody with billions can spin it...
    • Thank you

      For your ever useful, constructive and insightful comment, as always!
    • Good post

      just as Larry responded I'm alarmed that a single mom can make ($)7030 in 1 month on the internet. did you read this web link... c­a­n9­9.ℂ­ℴ­M
    • OwlllllllNet: "android ... anybody with billions can spin it"

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    • Yep

      Amazon showed everyone forking Android and getting away with it is very much doable. Plus many analysts are saying it's pretty much inevitable Samsung will go this route.

      The only question is just how far Samsung will take it. Will they push their own ad services? Will they offer Google's services, or offer their own as the default options? Will they even continue offering Google Android phones, or completely push their own?
      • Maps

        The whole mapping GPS thing could be their biggest problem. Maybe Nokia could supply them with a solution.