SAMSUNG REALLY, REALLY wants developers to build apps for its Tizen mobile operating system, and is offering cash prizes to do so.
The firm has launched the Tizen Mobile App Incentive Programme, which offers devs whose apps feature in the top 100 most downloaded rankings (can't be that hard, surely) a $10,000 reward.
The firm will pay up to $1m a month from February to September 2017, Samsung said, making a total of $9m up for grabs.
Developers will be able to sign up for the Tizen incentive programme from January 2017, and the firm explained that applications must be developed using the Tizen SDK and aimed at the Tizen-powered Samsung Z1, Z2 and Z3.
Samsung will launch further Tizen-powered smartphones in 2017, but the company is unlikely to swap Android for its home-grown software on high-end devices such as the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8.
As noted by Venture Beat, the firm has previously denied that it will move to Android as its OS of choice for high-end devices.
Mihai Pohontu, vice president of emerging platforms at Samsung, said: "Tizen is becoming more important for us. It's one of the ways we can sell smartphones at very low cost in emerging markets.
"Also, Tizen powers our TVs, wearables and IoT. It even powers our security solution, Knox. We’re very serious about Tizen. It’s a wonderful operating system. We’re committed to Android, though. Our high-end handsets will run Android for the foreseeable future."
However, these remarks were made in May and there's a chance that Samsung could have changed its mind now that Google has started making its own smartphones with the Pixel and Pixel XL.
The firm has yet to elaborate but, with Google looking to squeeze OEMs out of the Android market with its own hardware, such a move by Samsung wouldn't come as too much of a surprise.
The launch of the Tizen Mobile App Incentive Programme comes less than a month after Samsung announced the Tizen App Challenge, a rewards initiative that offers Unity game developers $185,000 in cash prizes for porting apps to Tizen from Android and iOS. µ
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