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!



Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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

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

      1. no, i’ll check it out good sir

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

  2. 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. :)

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

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

    2. 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.

  4. 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.

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

  5. 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™.”

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

      1. Here’s the link:

        I’ll have an update in about an hour or two that will make it usable on the N7000.

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

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

  6. Does Sketchbook by Autodesk use S pen?

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