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Samsung Innovation Quest

Posted by Lester Madden under General, Symbian

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The i8910 HD device from Samsung is one sweet looking phone. We had one on our exhibition stand at Mobile World Congress earlier in the year. I thought HD playback on a phone would be a gimmick and couldn’t imaging why anyone would want HD on a device, but man it was so impressive, it was perfection. Now I can’t imagine why every phone doesn’t have HD.

Random i8910 Review.

The Samsung i8910 HD is the first Symbian Foundation device, and has support for home screen widgets which leads nicely on to the fact that Samsung have today announced a competition for developers to build widgets for the device and have the chance of winning $$$ as well as getting their widget to market.

If you’re a developer then here the details of how you can take part

Samsung Innovation Quest 2009

  • Freedom – no restriction on what category of widget you create
  • Fame – promotion and distribution for your widget
  • Fortune – Cash prizes

After a one year break, the Samsung Innovation Quest (SIQ) is back – launching Wednesday 24 June 2009. This is the first time SIQ has been held since Samsung Mobile Innovator was launched, so participants this year will have access to technical tools and resources that were previously not available.

What’s the theme for 2009?
This year’s competition is all about building Samsung home screen widgets. The only criteria is that your entry is a widget, and that it runs on the Samsung home screen. We’ve even relaxed our terms and conditions so that the IP is owned solely by you. So get ready to get creative.

The target device is our latest Symbian handset: the i8910 HD. This is the first Symbian device to launch since the Symbian Foundation was formed and to celebrate Symbian are co-sponsoring the event with us.

What’s up for grabs?
As with previous SIQs there are valuable rewards for the winning entries. This year, in addition to a large cash prize pool, we are offering a prime route-to-market for your widget. This means your work could end up on a huge number of devices.

How do I enter?
Anyone can enter. You will need to join Samsung Mobile Innovator first (this takes about two minutes and is completely free), and then submit your widget at samsungiq.com. Submissions open on Wednesday 24 June 2009.

Can I get started now?

Yes, there are no restrictions on the category of widget you create. Over the coming weeks we will be providing further information on how to target the i8910 HD, and you’ll also be able to perform your own tests in Lab.dev. If you already have a widget that you’d like to submit there is no problem, provided it doesn’t violate the SIQ terms and conditions. These will be published when the competition launches.

Any questions?
If you have any questions about the competition, or the technology behind Samsung home screen widgets, visit our discussion boards. We can’t wait to hear from you.

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