What Does Yesterday’s Unpacked Event Mean for Developers?

Lori Fraleigh

Senior Director, Developer Relations

At the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2018 event on August 9th, we announced many new products that I think you, our ecosystem of developers and creators, will be very excited about.

Want to get your hands on the new Galaxy Note9 or Galaxy Watch? Both products will be available to developers located in the United States through our Developer Discount Program once the products are in market. The Note9 will also be available in our Cloud Device Farm, which allows you to remotely test your Android apps on a real device, in the next few weeks as well.

Now, on to the specific product news!

The Galaxy Note9 First, the Galaxy Note9. From the all-day battery to the signature S Pen, this device is packed with features. Check out both the S Pen Remote as well as the PEN.UP SDK which provides a creative social network service for digital arts.

The Note9 also comes with DeX support built-in. Just plug-in an HDMI cable and you’re good to go. Optimize your apps for DeX to allow for greater user productivity.

Existing theme designs that support Android Oreo will be compatible with the Note9, so keep on designing. If you are a current Samsung Themes developer, we’ve also updated the Samsung Mobile Theme Editor. Want to become a Themes developer? Our next application cycle will open the 3rd week of September. Stay tuned to @Samsung_Dev on Twitter for more details.

Galaxy Watch We also announced the new Galaxy Watch, available in 2 sizes. Developers can build watch faces using the Galaxy Watch Designer (formerly known as Gear Watch Designer) or watch app using the Tizen SDK. The new Tizen 4.0 will also be made available as a MR to the Gear S3 and Gear Sport watches. Again, these devices are available through the Developer Discount Program.

Bixby At today’s event, we also showed off the new Bixby which is more conversational and personal. There were live demos on the Note9 as well as the introduction of the new Galaxy Home speaker. Developers interested in building for Bixby can apply for the Bixby private beta.

We’ll share more about our expanding ecosystem of intelligent devices at this year’s Samsung Developer Conference, November 7-8 in San Francisco. Registration will open soon, stay tuned for updates.

Missed Unpack? Check out the Samsung Newsroom for more on today’s announcements.

Extra bonus: check out the Fortnite Beta on Android on your Galaxy device.