Samsung Instinct to get it’s own App Store
Ok, we mentioned this to you in the review of the Samsung Instinct, but now we’re gonna give out all the info. For those interested, read on!
This is very similar to Apple’s App Store for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The programs can be made by you, and when released, will be downloaded straight to the Instinct over Sprint’s network (aka Over the Air)-this is similar to what you should be able to do with the new iPhone App Store and AT&T’s network. The programs that will be made will use something called Java, which as we also mentioned in the review- is a way of interaction between users and their devices (be it playing games on a cell phone, viewing videos on a computer, whatever) created by Sun Microsystems, and all these creations will be part of a contest Sprint is running looking for the best apps. The winner with the best app, will receive $20,000 and a 1 year membership into Sprint’s Professional Developer Program. There are also two second place prizes of $5,000 for the best consumer (or average person) app, and best business app.
Something we not sure about- how will this work in terms of price, will some apps be priced like in Apple’s store, or is all free for the world? We think more will come out to answer this between when the contest starts on July 16 (next week), and when it ends on August 29. Not a terrible wait time for all of you Instinct owners to get your apps. By the way, the winners of this contest will come out on October 10.
For those of you brave enough (or good enough at Java writing) to enter your own programs into this contest, all the info is here. For those of you interested (or need some cash and something to do for the rest of the summer), but not sure how to write Java programs, click here for a guide from Web Developers Virtual Library.
Good luck to all of you who take this on, and let us know how it goes for you in the comments (or let us know if you are one of those Instinct owners waiting for all these programs to be ready, and what you want to see in the apps).
Thanks to Dr. Robert Richter for providing us with this information.
UPDATE (2/23): Sprint appears to have canceled the entire contest, we have this written up here.
Posted on July 10, 2008, in Cell Phones and tagged 3g, app store, Apple, apps, att, Cell Phones, contest, instinct, iPhone, iphone 3g, Java, money, samsung, samsung instinct, Sprint, Sun Microsystems, technology, touchscreen. Bookmark the permalink. 64 Comments.