Samsung launches its own "WWDC" as an alternative to Google IO

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in iPhone edited January 2014
Samsung will host its own developer conference this October in San Francisco, promoting its own Software Development Kits and tools rather than simply remaining a passive licensee of Google's Android and Chrome OS.

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A report by Ars cited a Samsung representative as saying that the Samsung Developer Conference would be a ?cross-product, cross-platform? event.

While most of Samsung's smartphones use Android, usually paired with the company's own proprietary TouchWiz user interface layer, the company also licenses Windows Phone from Microsoft, and builds PCs and netbooks running both Microsoft's Windows and Google's web-based Chrome OS.

The company also began experimented with its own Linux-based Bada platform for smartphones in 2009, efforts it has since folded into a partnership with Intel named Tizen, which can act as an alternative to Android to host Samsung's own TouchWiz.

Tizen is a replacement of the MeeGo program Intel initiated with Nokia in early 2010, which was a merging of two efforts to produce an open source mobile platform the two firms had earlier maintained in parallel: Intel's Moblin and Nokia's Maemo.

The company also develops its own SmartTV products, although as reader Paul Herring commented, "hopefully they'll also be looking at the Smart TV UI. I can't believe a company makes such a ridiculously unfriendly system in 2013!"

Last month, Samsung acquired Boxee for $30 million in an effort to improve its SmartTV offerings.

Boxee is yet another open source project that exists separate from Android and Tizen as operating environments built on top of Linux. It is also embroiled in complaints of violation of the GPLv3.

With its resources spread across Windows, Windows Phone, different versions of Android, Tizen, Boxee and its own proprietary offerings, Samsung has a lot to discuss with developers. The company may seek to harmonize its various platforms. The conference is scheduled for October 27-29.
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  • Reply 1 of 67
    mikejonesmikejones Posts: 323member


    Wow, Samesung really is desperate to be the next Apple, eh?

  • Reply 2 of 67


    What a top-notch, original idea!

     

  • Reply 3 of 67


    People will defend this as if it's totally NOT a ripoff.

  • Reply 4 of 67
    Omg!samsung might drop concentration on android ,if they find their own os not onpar with android,even their is chances to drop alliances
  • Reply 5 of 67
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 4,861member


    Maybe they can benefit from this and make actual useful apps for Android devices. Doubt it though...


     


    Nice to see they're going all the way with copying Apple! They might as well go completely all out and start their own Samsung Retail Stores (outside of Best Buy)

  • Reply 6 of 67
    Forking Android in 5,4,3,...
  • Reply 7 of 67
    leesmithleesmith Posts: 119member


    Google is going to get screwed by Samsung. It's only a matter of when.

  • Reply 8 of 67
    boeyc15boeyc15 Posts: 986member
    And Dr Frankenstein said - Its alive, its alive!!!



  • Reply 9 of 67
    red oakred oak Posts: 665member
    LOL

    GOOGLE is up $14. It has a PE of 27. And it is about to go to war with its biggest distribution "partner"
  • Reply 10 of 67
    jessijessi Posts: 302member
    This is not a ripoff. Developer conferences have been going on since the 1980s. Sure, Apple's WWDC is now one of the longer standing developer conferences, because Apple had its own platform. Microsoft has been running conferences probably equally as long. Prior to that there was the homebrew computer club, and from that same era have spring an entire spectrum of conferences from comdex to CES to tiny conferences for small products, all of which have a developer component.

    It is the headline of this article that calls it "WWDC", but there's really nothing that appears here to be copying Apple specifically.

    Let's be serious here-- Mimicking the Apple store with their own company stores is copying apple. Ripping off the UI of iOS and the design of the iPhone is copying Apple. The "Samsung developers conference" is not copying Apple.

    Geesh!
  • Reply 11 of 67
    dilliodillio Posts: 106member


    No kidding. If they're smart, they'll make their own OS/platform.

  • Reply 12 of 67
    red oakred oak Posts: 665member


    Don't all Samsung phones use Google Play?   If yes, then what is the purpose of having a Samsung developers conference?   


     


    Is Samsung launching a competitor to Google Play? 

  • Reply 13 of 67
    mikejones wrote: »
    Wow, Samesung really is desperate to be the next Apple, eh?

    You'd better believe it. Samsung wants to be seen as an innovator and not a copycat.
    The irony is that innovators don't have that problem to begin with. Only the copycats do.
  • Reply 14 of 67
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member
    <div align="center"><img src="http://photos.appleinsidercdn.com/Samsung.devcon.072213.jpg" alt="Samsung dev conf"></div>

    See this conference room?

    Yep, that's the entire thing.
    red oak wrote: »
    GOOGLE is up $14.

    They missed their mark! How are they back up?!
  • Reply 15 of 67

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dillio View Post


    No kidding. If they're smart, they'll make their own OS/platform.



    Agreed! The Apple model is the best providing, of course, you are willing to make the investment in time and money like Apple has and does.


     


    It's what HP should have done with Palm's WebOS. HP spent a billion dollars for WebOS and sh*t canned it. A mobile OS right when mobile was taking off and PC sales were tanking! :)

  • Reply 16 of 67
    herbapouherbapou Posts: 2,221member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Red Oak View Post



    LOL



    GOOGLE is up $14. It has a PE of 27. And it is about to go to war with its biggest distribution "partner"


     


    Well, they are not going to war yet but its looks like Samsung has an itch to drop google at some point.   IF Samsung pulled an amazon on google, then yes, google is in it to the nose.


     


    click ads are shifting from desktop to mobile and if the biggest android handset maker drops google, its going to hurt google income hard.

  • Reply 17 of 67
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 4,861member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by leesmith View Post


    Google is going to get screwed by Samsung. It's only a matter of when.



     


    I think so too...its only a matter of time. Maybe other manufacturers will follow suit and Google would be really screwed!

  • Reply 18 of 67
    steven n.steven n. Posts: 1,115member
    red oak wrote: »
    Don't all Samsung phones use Google Play?   If yes, then what is the purpose of having a Samsung developers conference?   

    Is Samsung launching a competitor to Google Play? 

    Answers: No. Only Samsung's Android phones use Google Play. Samsung makes WP, Bada, Java ME as well as other OS based phones. Even Samsung's Android phones have APIs only available to specific models.

    Samsung already competes with Google Play with their own store.
  • Reply 19 of 67
    herbapouherbapou Posts: 2,221member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post





    They missed their mark! How are they back up?!


     


     


    Because good is bad and bad is good.  Its been going on with Amazon for years, I am still waiting for that thing to crash. In the end it all comes down to valuation, but when is the question.


     


    That being said, google valuation is not so bad, its growth could support it. But amazon, unless it takes over the world it has absolutly no chance at all to support that valuation, ever. It will crash at some point.

  • Reply 20 of 67
    jameskatt2jameskatt2 Posts: 718member
    Watch out Google. Samsung is trying to copy you too. Ha ha ha.
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