Samsung’s S Pen App Challenge – Developers Could Win Loads of Prizes Including $205,000 Grand Prize ($100,000 Cash Prize)

In my review for the Samsung Galaxy Note, I mentioned Samsung was going to be pushing hard for S Pen integration in Android apps, but I didn’t know they were going to go this hard. Sammy announced that they’re throwing a friendly competition between app developers to see who can come up with the best way to integrate the S Pen into their existing app, or come up with an entirely original app form scratch.

The winner will receive $205,000 in prizes, including a $100,000 cash prize. Even if your app isn’t all that good, you can still get a $2,000 cash prize plus a Galaxy Note for winning on honorable mention. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Best Overall App, Grand Prize – $100,000
  • Best Overall App, Second Prize – $50,000
  • Best Overall App, Third Prize – $25,000
  • Category Honorable Mention (10) – $2,000 and a Samsung Galaxy Note (estimated retail value, plus tax and shipping $800)
  • Popular Choice Award – $2,000

Makes me wonder why I never took those college courses in Java. You can get full details and find out how to enter by following the source link below. Good luck!



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TAGS: Samsung Galaxy Note

  • bolthouse

    too bad i don’t program… anyone need a gui designer lol

    • Chris Chavez

      Yeah. Phandroid. Have you seen our app? :P

      • bolthouse

        no, i’ll check it out good sir

      • Stephen_Rockefeller

        That is hilarious and o so true at the same time!

  • TongueDar

    Can I gets a loaner phone please… :)  I have 5 tablets and the weef would kill me if I bought another device…. BUT, this would be an excuse. :)

  • Greg Huddleston

    HTC — Take notice (you have real competition in the Pen / tablet space now)… ! 

    • ari_free

       htc really botched it by not bundling a pen with the flyer. Without the pen, the flyer is just another underpowered tablet.

    • shonangreg

      Lenovo’s ThinkPad Tablet has been the standard, though a very compromised one with force closes, a non-functioning GPS six months after launch, bad micro-USB slot and power button, still running 3.1, etc. The N-trig stylus and digitizer work great, though.

  • Jason Farrell

    No need to go to college to learn Java, and much of dev for Android is just making sure you’re doing the “API plumbing” correctly.

    That said, I have no clue what would constitute a winning stylus-focused app… (and don’t have a Note to test on yet anyway), but it’ll probably have something to do with its finer-than-finger precision.

    • ObasiS

      You can use a java Note emulator from their developer site. That’s what I used to make my app.

  • ObasiS

    What’s funny is that I just made an S Pen app two days ago in my second attempt at creating a program that people can actually use. In the name of shameless promotion of my free products, I invite all AT&T Note users (it’ll be available for the Int’l version soon) to go check out (and rate :p) “Quick-Note for the S Pen™.”

    • Pkmmte

      I can’t find it in the android market. =(
      Link please?

    • Daniel Tiberius

      I’ll happily install and rate this for sure, but what does it do that the stock note app doesn’t?

      • ObasiS

        Its main feature is that it opens on a long press of the search button for quicker access to your notepad.

  • ari_free

    Does Sketchbook by Autodesk use S pen?

  • ari_free