April 27, 2016 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. kicked off this year’s Samsung Developer Conference today, joined by around 4,000 developers from around the world at the Moscone Center in San Fransisco, CA, as well as thousands of attendees via the SDC Live stream. This year’s event focused on Samsung’s facilitation of innovation and shaping industries in the areas of Internet of Things (IoT), Entertainment Services, VR, and Security.
Virtual reality was a key topic at the Samsung Developer Conference this year. Following the popularity of the Gear VR powered by Oculus, Samsung has continued to expand its VR offering with the announcement of the Gear 360 in February. Samsung Gear 360 lets consumers create, view and share their experiences through 360-degree video and still image content.
Outside of VR, Samsung has introduced new open APIs and tools for the SAMSUNG ARTIK™ Platform, an end-to-end, integrated IoT platform that transforms the process of building and launching IoT products. Using these APIs and tools, companies can securely collect, store, and act on any data from any connected device or cloud service in order to quickly bring new IoT solutions and services to market, tap into new revenue streams, and grow their business.
Samsung also announced the introduction of an array of developer tools for TVs including the Samsung Smart TV SDK, Samsung TV Toast which enables developer to export their codes to multiple TV platforms, and Samsung Checkout on TV, a new Smart TV optimized payment solution.
The company’s security platform, Samsung Knox, is also expanding to include more devices and increase interoperability. Samsung Knox will now serve as the foundation for all of the company’s enterprise solutions and services including healthcare, automotive, finance and other segments. With this evolution, Knox will now cover mid-tier devices, and be embedded on wearable devices such as the Samsung Gear S2. Knox will also be extended beyond the Android operating system to include Samsung’s Tizen operating system, allowing millions more Samsung device owners to benefit from defense-grade security, while capitalizing on a networked world to improve productivity.
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