Samsung Gear App Challenge launched for Gear 2

Efforts to boost the Gear 2 ecosystem include the Samsung Gear App Challenge, where developers could win cash prizes equating to $1.25 million.

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Samsung is seeking to expand the Gear 2 ecosystem with a developer competition offering prizes worth $1.25 million.

The South Korean giant announced the Samsung Gear App Challenge on Thursday, saying that the worldwide challenge will help "vitalize the wearable app market." From May 8, developers can register and submit their apps — developed through the SDK — through the Samsung Apps service.

The development kit for the Gear 2 was released free of charge in February. Nine SDKs are on offer at the moment, and new releases include an upgraded version of the Samsung Mobile SDK 1.5, the Tizen-based SDK for the Samsung Gear 2, and a development kit for the Gear Fit.

The competition is the third app challenge that Samsung has launched since 2012, and prizes amount to $1.25 million, including a $100,000 cash prize for the top app submitted.

Won-Pyo Hong, President of Samsung Electronics Media Solution Center commented:

This challenge marks the beginning of Samsung’s plan to boost the app ecosystem for the recently unveiled Samsung Gear 2. Samsung will continue to play its part in the wearable market through offering a wide array of outstanding SDKs to app developers.

The development kit details are below:

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