Samsung courted "app" makers at its first developers conference, stepping out of
About 1,300 people attending the event, which continues through Tuesday at the
"Samsung is really trying to get people excited about their platform," said independent
"Samsung has been trying to pull a lot of the emphasis away from
"There are close to half a billion connected devices in the world today, yet a very limited portion are actually connected to each other," said Samsung media solution center president
"Samsung is creating one of the largest connected platforms spanning a broad range of devices that people love and use every day, including smart phones, tablets, TVs and much more."
During a keynote presentation Monday in a packed ballroom, the Samsung executives showed off new software development kits but there was little mention of Android, the
Sessions at the Samsung conference included many devoted to customized Android operating software.
The South Korean consumer electronic titan is also developing its own Tizen operating system and likely wants developers making apps for it before products hit the market, according to Enderle.
"Samsung wants more control of the Android platform and
The stakes were raised by
Samsung stressed the breadth of the company's consumer electronics offerings and the potential for applications that let people connect devices for "multiscreen" experiences.
"Going forward, the application you develop will be reached across all of our devices, not just smartphones, tablets and PCs," said
"There are so many opportunities for convergence."
Samsung is the top maker of mobile devices powered by
"We are committed to accelerating Android app development," Samsung media solutions center America senior vice president
He promised the company would show developers "an exciting future of possibilities."
"Beyond mobile and TV, Samsung is investing heavily in frontier technologies including, wearables and much more," Sasaki said.
The conference boasts a line-up of sessions about tailoring applications for Samsung devices and opportunities to dive deep into topics with engineers from the company.
"You will get a chance to get insights into Samsung," Lee promised the audience.
The keynote included a Twitter engineer showing off a new application tailored for Samsung devices and testimonials from companies such as
Samsung reported last week that its net profit spiked to another record in the third quarter, driven by soaring revenue from memory chip sales.
The world's largest technology firm by revenue said July-September net profit rose to
Stagnant growth in sales of the company's flagship Galaxy S smartphones was offset by strong sales growth in the cheaper end of the smartphone market.
The semiconductor business saw the biggest gains, with a 12 percent spike in revenue over the previous quarter to
Samsung's mobile unit still accounted for two-thirds of the company's operating profit in the third quarter, but has been slowing down as the market for premium smartphones becomes increasingly crowded and prices drop.
Analysts estimate Samsung sold between 85 million to 89 million smartphones during the quarter, including the company's latest Galaxy S4 smartphone.
Samsung's consumer electronics unit — the company's second largest in terms of sales — continued to struggle in squeezing out profits.
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