Samsung is giving away more than $1 million each month to get developers to make apps for Tizen

Samsung is giving away more than $1 million each month to get developers to make apps for Tizen
When it comes to the world of mobile operating systems, the two top dogs are undeniably Android and iOS. These two platforms easily have the biggest user bases out of any other competitor, and part of this is due to the wide app selection that each one boasts. While this used to be a pain point for Android, it's caught up to iOS at this point to where it's no loner as great of an edge that Apple's OS has over it. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Samsung's Tizen OS. Tizen has only been around since 2012, and as one might expect, the app selection for it is considerably lacking. Samsung is well aware of this, and with their latest initiative, they're looking to do something about it.

Samsung has officially taken the wraps off of the Tizen Mobile App Incentive Program, and it's a promotional activity to get more developers to create for their operating system. The program is the first of its kind to try and expand the app selection for the Tizen OS, and it will allow app developers to get a shot at earning $10,000 for creating a successful application in the categories of social networking, gaming, lifestyle, and more.

As per Samsung's VP of Global Product Management, Woncheol Chai - 



In order to participate in the program, developers need to make sure that they submit their new or existing application to incentive.tizenstore.com when registration starts in January of next year. From here, Samsung will then gather the top 100 apps that have been downloaded and registered with the program and award their creators with a nice $10,000 bonus - resulting in a grand total of $1 million. However, Samsung will be doing this each and every month between February and October 2017. That means, with $10,000 being given away to the top 100 apps each month, Samsung is investing a grand total of $9 million into this incentive.

Do you think that's money well spent on Samsung's end? Or should the company be looking to invest that money into other ventures? Let us know down below in the comments!

source: Samsung via SamMobile

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17 Comments

1. iushnt

Posts: 3139; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Really want to use TiZen on a smartphone

5. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Me too. But I would like to see Tizen on high end models like Note version. I've heard that Tizen is better and lighter than Android and smoother than iOS. BTW if Samsung choose only best apps of any category to support with Tizen, 100 000 apps are more than enough. Then the door is open for the developers .

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You don't need 100,000 apps. All you need is support for the ones people actually use. So about 5000 if that many is plenty.

2. Subie

Posts: 2415; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I guess this is one way to attract developers. But will they be apps with worthwhile quality though...

11. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

MS also offered something similar, it didn't work at all. Wonder if Samsung will have better luck.

16. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Well Samsung already has a huge user base of loyal followers. It just needs to switch them over. MS needed to gain new followers. Because of the developer tools and experience MS has I think that Samsung and Ms should work together. If Samsung and MS got together with windows 10 they could be the Wintel of the smartphone world. And Ms would need to tailor the OS towards Samsung's needs as well as share earnings. If Samsung had earnings they wouldn't be trying to go off on their own to get money from app purchases. Google doesn't share the wealth.

3. Kil4thril

Posts: 80; Member since: Oct 05, 2016

You'd think they would make it available as an alternative on their own phones. I'd try it on my Note 4, Just to try it

4. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1339; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

As this point they need to do it @ 25k a pop for 12 months of they want tizen to really have a shot at going mainstream. While they're at it they should include tizen app support with their current Android lineup.

6. mahima

Posts: 743; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

what's there to like...anothor icon centric os. If it was not for android and ios, windows is the only os that's interesting enough because of its unique ui

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

While more competition is generally good for the market. I am not so sure about Samsung initiative. Their business policy is similar to the one of Apple. They are interested in a close ecosystem. Their accessories such as watch, 360 camera, VR headset only works on Samsung Android Phone. Even some of their Android software are exclusive to their Samsung platform. I would rather support a vendor that make open standard accessory and software. Not interested to be lock into a close ecosystem if i don't mind i would have continued with iOS.

8. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

good luck Microsoft tried similar things but failed

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Because they got way behind, and what they ended up releasing was junk. Also, consumers never bought Windows on phones for the most part, only businesses did. They messed up when they tried to make Windows Mobile consumer friendly vs sticking with their business customers whom they abandoned.

9. monoke

Posts: 1186; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Here's hoping Tizen takes off. Smartphone software development has become rather stale with primarily 2 os's now.

10. shadad

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

this move should be used by microsoft since long time ago. But...Microsoft is only care about collecting the money of the patents licenses. In 2011, a story in the South Korean Maeil Business Newspaper indicated that Microsoft was trying to get $15 per Android device sold from Samsung, while Samsung was trying to argue them down to $10. can you imagine the mount of money that Microsoft get from Samsung only? Ok use that money on developing the damn windows phone then lol . But noooooooooooo. let the windows phone die lol

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Looks lkiek Samsung is ready to drop Google and their BS. With the amount of phones Samsung sells, with Tizen not needing a TW layer as everythign is from the OS level, and they sell more phones than ANY single OEM, which would push Tizen to an immediate 2nd place behidn Android, Samsung could mop the floor with Google and the rest. Support native Android APK's and we are good to go. No more havign to install Google BS apps, no more strong arming, betetr supports for new features from the OS level and not TW layer and less battery drain. No more need for SnapDragon. Exynos would take over and Qualcomm would be second best. Let's hope the devs bite the hook. Because they didn't for Windows Phone OS. With Tizen already running watches and Tv's and more, Tizen could take over as 2nd most supported mobile OS.

17. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I think the world is just not big enough for third place. I don't need another walled garden platform. Even Apple is having a declining market share. Samsung is not willing to put big money in unless they could make the kind of exclusive profit Apple made. But an average consumer is getting sick of Apple gouging tactics you think they would let themselves jump right into another cage.

15. nedimko_wot

Posts: 115; Member since: Oct 01, 2016

Mobile OS market is already cornered by android and ios So imo samsung just wants its self to fail miserably

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