Samsung Offers Widget SDK to Developers for TouchWiz
Today Samsung announced a new software development kit that will help software creators make widgets for Samsung's TouchWiz user interface. The SDK is built on the open source Eclipse platform and will let developers create widgets that work across multiple platforms, including Windows Mobile, Symbian and Java. Samsung says that with the SDK, in combination with the Samsung Mobile Innovator program, developers will have access to a virtual device lab so widgets can be tested. Once widgets are created, Samsung is offering developers the opportunity to pitch them to Samsung and potentially have the widgets included on future Samsung devices, the Samsung Widget Gallery or the Samsung Application Store. The Omnia II, announced earlier this year for Verizon Wireless, will be the first TouchWiz handset to have the widget gallery on board.
Samsung Says Bixby 2.0 to Be Open and Ubiquitous
Samsung today announced a major update to its Bixby personal assistant service. Samsung calls Bixby 2.0 a "bold reinvention" of the platform that will be available not only on phones, but other smart devices, such as TVs, refrigerators, and speakers.
Samsung Rolls Out Nougat Test Program for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
Samsung is allowing owners of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge to experience an early look at its Nougat builds through the Galaxy Beta Program. The program is meant more for Samsung's benefit than that of end users, as it will use feedback generated by beta users to improve the experience and reliability for all users.
Samsung Embraces Google's ARCore for Augmented Reality
Samsung today said it will work with Google to bring Google's ARCore augmented reality content to a wider range of its smartphones, including the Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note8. Using the ARCore SDK, developers will be able to create augmented reality experiences for millions of Galaxy handsets.
Samsung to Reward Samsung Pay Users
Samsung today announced the pending launch of Samsung Rewards, a loyalty program for its Samsung Pay mobile payment service. Moving forward, people who sign up for Samsung Rewards will be able to earn points with Samsung when they use Samsung Pay to pay for goods and services.