Samsung Innovation Quest goes for widgets

by Martyn Davies on 23rd June 2009

The Samsung i8910 is Samsung’s HD-video enabled handset based on Symbian S60.  Visitors to the Samsung stand at the Mobile World Congress back in February would have seen a video wall of these units showing off their vivid screen colours via the AMOLED display.


Samsung are offering big cash prizes for widget developers

By way of celebrating the i8910, Samsung are launching a new developer competition, the Samsung Innovation Quest 2009, in conjunction with the Symbian Foundation.   The competition kicks off on June 24th and runs for a month.  The competition this year  is focused on widgets, and in particular home-screen widgets.  They don’t mind what kind of widgety goodness you provide, as long as it runs on the Samsung i8910 homescreen, which means that you are free to go for broad Symbian appeal, or lock-in on some of the hardware specifics of the i8910.

To take part you need to join their developer programme, Samsung Mobile Innovator, which is free.  You can use a variety of tools to create a widget, for example Microsoft Visual Studio, and Samsung have an online service,, to test out your widget on a captive handset.  More tools are promised in the coming days.  Winners (1st, 2nd and 3rd place) will get cash prizes (to be announced), and also of course enjoy the oxygen of publicity.

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