SAMSUNG HAS ANNOUNCED a Galaxy Gear App Challenge to attract developer interest in its Tizen mobile operating system.
According to the announcement on its developer website, the Korean hardware giant has put aside a total of $1.25m in prizes and said that there will be further app challenges this year.
The open-source Tizen mobile operating system designed by Samsung has yet to appear on any devices, but Samsung recently announced that it will be installed on the next generation of Galaxy Gear smartwatches.
The incentive will begin on 8 May and include hackathons and developer events in countries across the world.
Developer uptake is key to the success or failure of an operating system. Samsung is banking on luring developers early, as the company is still hoping to launch Tizen-based smartphones during 2014, in spite of delays and lack of interest caused partly by the success of Android and partly by the number of other wearable devices both presently on the market and upcoming.
"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," said Won-Pyo Hong, president of Samsung Electronics Media Solution Center.
The HTML5 based operating stystem has had a less than smooth introduction, with hardware having been expected for most of last year. One noted blogger wrote off the whole project as dead in the water before the Galaxy Gear announcement.