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.