Samsung Developer Conference 2019: Day 2 Recap
Samsung Developer Program
And that’s a wrap for SDC19!
We started our morning at Fit @ SDC with Under Armour before heading to the Spotlight Session. If you didn’t get a chance to attend, make sure to watch the video. We also listened to Justin Sun’s tech session at the Theater, along with a few others, and continued exploring Dev Park and Tech Square. There was no shortage of inspiration!
Check out some highlights from today:
1. Spotlight Session
The Spotlight Session really hit the developer sweet spot. Taher Behbehani spoke about B2B innovation, while Vitalik Buterin dove into blockchain technology. Overall, it highlighted What’s Next for Samsung developers. Keep reading for some key takeaways.
Rapid B2B Growth
Taher focused on B2B growth and innovation. Samsung has over 700 million devices deployed around the world and serves 50,000 large enterprise customers globally. 2019 especially was a big growth year – our mobile revenue grew by 20% and we doubled our tablet sales.
The trends driving this rapid growth are:
- Growing Device Landscape – new market opportunities in industrial devices and a technology refresh that moves away from single-purpose devices
- A New Generation of Networks – deployment of private networks
- Changing Apps – IoT, AI, and edge computing
We’re excited to see how our devs take advantage of this sector.
Tab Active Pro
The Galaxy Tab Active Pro is now available in the US! Its hardware and software will give enterprise devs the tools that they need to innovate.
Hardware Updates: It’s purpose-built. Rain, snow, and mud roll right off of Galaxy Tab Active Pro and you can wear while using work gloves.
Software Updates: The Galaxy Tab Active Pro includes Samsung DeX, which enables an immersive PC-like experience. It is also mobile POS-ready, allowing you to easily integrate payment and inventory management features in your apps to improve the user experience. It’s ideal for devs who are building apps for mobile food service vendors, delivery, and logistics companies.
Knox and Security
Knox provides easy-to-use tools for business users to control devices at every step of the mobile journey. It manages the different layers of the stack to get deeper levels of customization and integration.
Today, the Knox Partner Program was introduced. Devs now have access to partners around the world, the latest test devices, and unlimited developer keys. You can also get your apps Knox-validated.
Blockchain and Samsung
Vitalik spoke about Ethereum and the future of blockchain. He praised Samsung for its efforts integrating Ethereum application support in its devices. Despite the challenges blockchain tech currently faces, Vitalik believes that blockchains are almost ready for mass adoption. He spoke to many scaling solutions and thinks that as 5G gains more traction, it will also help.
Inspirational Dev Stories
Lori Fraleigh, Senior Director of Developer Relations at Samsung, introduced several inspirational developers to the audience.
Daniel Mittendorf: Founder of DigiVoice.io
As a Bixby Premier Developer, Daniel works with Bixby Marketplace to share DigiVoice capsules. His capsules are at the forefront of voice tech and can launch sounds that are undetectable to human ears. He’s discovered how to keep mosquitoes at bay and comfort your pets when you’re gone with a single sound.
Melanie creates stunning themes that transform Samsung phones. She started designing themes four years ago when she got her first Samsung Galaxy S6 edge. Melanie was able to turn a fascinating side project into a successful, income-generating business. Now, Echo Visuals is one of Samsung’s top revenue makers in the Galaxy Theme store.
These are just two Samsung devs mentioned during the Spotlight Session that exemplify Where Now Meets Next. We can’t wait to see what our talented developer community comes up with next!
2. Justin Sun at the Theater
Justin, founder and CEO of Tron, spoke to a crowd at the Theater during his tech session, “TRON, Blockchain, and Real-World Uses.”
TRON is now supported by Samsung Blockchain Keystore SDK, which means that you have direct access to apps that run TRON blockchain while on Samsung devices. Devs will have access to a crypto-ready audience, that can start using their applications with ease!
Check out this short interview!
3. Mobile Design Showcase
The Samsung Mobile Design Competition challenges professional and student designers to imagine how mobile devices will be used in the future. It also presents a fresh perspective on how the Galaxy will evolve. The winners had a chance to showcase their designs at the Theater today, and were honored during Keynote on Day 1. A huge congrats to all the winners!
- 3rd: Blossom of Galaxy: Guan Hong Yeoh
- 2nd: Approachability of Galaxy: Andre Cardoso
- 1st: Garden of Galaxy: Kalle Järvenpää
- 3rd: Belt of Galaxy: Alexander Rehn
- 2nd: Fellas of Galaxy: Ece Demirpence
- 1st: Stars of Galaxy: André Gouveia
4. Most-Visited Sessions
Just like yesterday, we took note of the most-attended tech sessions from Day 2! Check out what fellow devs were most excited about.
Attendees joined Rachel Batish (Audioburst), Piyush Hari (Dilli Labs), Steve Arkonovich (Reed College), and Adam Cheyer (Viv Labs) as they shared insights about the exciting frontier of Voice AI and the benefits of joining the Samsung developer ecosystem as a Bixby Premier Developer.
Bob Reany, Executive Vice President Identity Solutions at MasterCard, and Sang Ahn, VP and Division Head of Content & Services, GM Samsung Pay, discussed how Digital ID addresses pain points and transforms consumers' lives. Attendees learned how Mastercard’s global digital identity service, developed in partnership with Samsung, works smartly, securely, and seamlessly with mobile devices.
Huichual Yang, Head of Basic UX Design Group at Samsung, explained One UI 2 design principles and its visual system. He also discussed its grand vision and progress towards creating a single user experience.
Thanks to all 5,800 attendees who made SDC19 a success. We’ll see you next year!