Why is Samsung holding the Galaxy Note S Pen App Challenge?

The challenge aims to engage software developers in new and lasting relationships with Samsung to build the ecosystem of S Pen-integrated apps for Galaxy Note. By learning about the S Pen SDK, developers can help Galaxy Note users create, capture and share like never before.

What categories of applications are included in the challenge?

Developers are encouraged to create apps in one of the following nine categories: games, media, sports, social, lifestyle, travel, education, productivity, and entertainment. However, if you have a great app that integrates S Pen and doesn’t fit one of these categories, you can still enter it and pick “other” as your category. Your app will still be eligible for the Best Overall App prizes and the Popular Choice Award, as well a Category Honorable Mention prize for other apps.

Am I required to use the Samsung S Pen SDK in my submission?

Yes, to be eligible, an application must be a working Android app Gingerbread v2.3.6 that integrates the Samsung S Pen SDK library available from Samsung Developers at http://developer.samsung.com/android/spen.sdk.

If I don’t have a Galaxy Note, how do I test my application to make sure it works properly?

You can use the Android Emulator to test your application. The emulator will allow you to use your mouse as the pointer of the S Pen to test functionality. You can also sign up on Samsung Developers and utilize the Remote Test Lab service.

What are the criteria for the winning applications?

Software applications will be judged on the Quality of the Idea (including creativity and originality); Implementation of the Idea (including how well the idea was executed by the developer and how well S Pen was integrated); and Overall User Experience (including design, graphics, typography, visual aesthetic, and impact of S Pen integration). The Popular Choice Award will be determined by public voting. For full details, review the Official Rules.

If I participate or win, do I keep ownership of my application?

Yes, all entrants, regardless of whether they win, will retain any applicable intellectual property rights in their software applications. You can offer your app for a free, charge a fee for it, or include in app advertising. Participants in the challenge will grant to Samsung and ChallengePost (the competition administrator) license to display publicly and use for promotional purposes their submission. This license includes posting and linking to the submission on Samsung and ChallengePost websites and partner websites. For full details, review the Official Rules.

What will Samsung and ChallengePost do with my submission?

Samsung and ChallengePost will have the right to display and promote your submission to the public on the challenge website and partner sites. They will also be allowed to publicize your name in connection with the submission and the challenge.

Can more than one person work on an application and receive credit for it? And if the app wins a prize, will the prize money be split among the creators?

Yes, teams are encouraged. If a team of individuals, a corporation, or an organization is selected as a prize winner, the administrator will divide the prize equally among the team members identified at the time of submission. It will be up to the winning team or organization to reallocate the prize money, if they deem it appropriate.

Can I enter more than one application?

Yes. There is no limit to how many times an eligible person or organization may enter. An individual may also participate on behalf of more than one team, corporation, or nonprofit organization. If you submit two or more applications that are substantially similar, Samsung and ChallengePost reserve the right to disqualify submissions or require you to choose one of the similar submissions to enter into the competition.

Who is eligible to enter the competition and from what countries?

The Samsung Galaxy Note S Pen App Challenge is open to legal residents, 14 years of age or older, of the 50 United States and its territories, and to legally registered corporations or organizations that are domiciled in the United States and its territories.

Why do I have to upload a video?

The Popular Choice Award is determined by public voting. Some viewers may not have access to a Galaxy Note. A video helps ensure that all users can view and experience your app. The video will also be helpful to the panel of judges. Your video should clearly and concisely demonstrate the functionality and purpose of your app and how the S Pen functionality enhances the user experience. You may create a screencast or use a handheld video camera to make your video, or choose any other method that captures the app’s value, user interface, and S Pen integration. The video can be of your working application on a Galaxy Note or on an emulator. The Android Emulator will allow you to use your mouse as the pointer of the S Pen to demonstrate functionality. Your video is not required to have audio, but narration may help viewers understand and appreciate your app.

What are the key competition dates?

The submission deadline for applications is April 2, 2012, at 5 p.m. EDT. Judging and public voting will begin on April 9, 2012 at 10 a.m. EDT, and will end April 16, 2012 at 5 p.m. EDT. Winners will be announced on or around April 20, 2012.

How do I enter?

  1. Create an account on GalaxyNoteSPenChallenge.com or log in with an existing ChallengePost account.
  2. On GalaxyNoteSPenChallenge.com, click Accept this challenge to register your interest in participating. This step ensures that you will receive important challenge updates.
  3. Create a working Android software application for Samsung Galaxy Note using the S Pen Software Development Kit (SDK) to integrate S Pen functionality.
  4. Confirm that you have read and agree to the Official Rules, and submit your application by including the following:
    - A link to your app on Google Play or another website where the .apk file is available for download
    - A video demonstration of your application on a Galaxy Note or emulator, describing its functionality, including the S Pen integration
    - A text description of your Application, including how S Pen is integrated and how the user experience is enhanced by S Pen
    - At least one screenshot of your working Application
    - A .xml manifest file for your Application
    - A category for your Application (games, media, sports, social, lifestyle, travel, education, productivity, entertainment, or other)

Note: It’s important to include a video of your app. Some people may not have access to a Galaxy Note and will rely on the video. Be sure to create a video that clearly and concisely demonstrates the functionality and purpose of your app, as well as the S Pen integration. You can use an emulator to demonstrate your app’s functionality on the video.

Does my app need to be available on Google Play prior to the submission deadline?

No, but it must be submitted to Google Play by the deadline and your submission to the competition must include a link to a website where your app is available – either Google Play or another site where the .apk can be downloaded. If your app is not available to the public for free, you must provide it free of charge to the Samsung, ChallengePost and judges for testing and evaluation.

You are encouraged to help users find your S Pen app once it’s available on Google Play. When you upload your app to Google Play, include the text “Made for S Pen Galaxy Note” in your description and uncheck the box that says “All Devices.”

Does my application have to be new for this competition?

No, your application does not have to be created for this competition, provided it has been enhanced to integrate the S Pen SDK library for Galaxy Note and meets all of the submission requirements outlined in the Official Rules. Your application cannot be substantially similar to an application that you previously entered and won a prize for in another competition.

How does public voting work?

Visitors to the site can vote for as many submissions as they like, but no more than once per day for a single submission. At the end of the public voting period, the votes will be tallied and verified to determine the Popular Choice award winner.

When will prizes be disbursed to the winners?

Within 60 days after the announcement of winners.

How do I follow the Samsung Galaxy Note S Pen App Challenge and receive updates?

Sign up on the challenge website and click Follow or Accept this challenge to receive email updates.

Who can I contact if I have a question about the Samsung Galaxy Note S Pen App Challenge or S Pen SDK?

If you have questions about the challenge website or rules, email us at Support@ChallengePost.com and include “Samsung” in the subject.

If you have technical questions about the S Pen SDK you can email Galaxynotedevsupport@sta.samsung.com and you can post questions on the Discussions tab.

Technical Questions from the S Pen SDK Webinar:

I would like to move or resize a StrokeObject (drawing). Is there any method ‘moveStrokeObject’ or ‘esizeStrokeObject’? Otherwise, I could do it by modifying the value of RectF?

There is no such API in the current version.

Does the S Pen SDK support recognizing math symbols, formulae, and functions and converting to regular text in the proper form?

No, there is no character recognition of any kind yet.

Can we borrow Galaxy Note devices with the developer program?

Please email galaxynotedevsupport@sta.samsung.com with questions on Samsung’s Developer program resources, including loaner devices. The loaner program is a separate Samsung Developer program and not a part of the Galaxy Note S Pen App Challenge. A limited number of loaner devices may be available on a first come first served basis. Developers can also use Android Emulator and Samsung’s Remote Test Lab Service for testing.

How long would a loaner device take to arrive if I live in the U.S.?

This depends on location and current device availability. If a device is available, it should generally only take a few days. Please contact galaxynotedevsupport@sta.samsung.com for additional details.

Can I get the x, y co-ordinates?

Yes, but not through the S Pen SDK. (x, y) coordinates are available through the low level Android event system. Or, depending on the application, you might consider deriving them from the resulting bit map.

Do you have details on how we should setup the Android AVD Emulator to best simulate the Note?

Simply create one with API level for Gingerbread, set the resolution to 1280×800 and the screen density to hdpi.

Would it be best to submit our apps to the challenge as soon as they’re released, or to wait until we iron out some bugs before we submit them?

That is up to each individual submitter, but it’s important to keep the following information in mind:

You can modify your submission after you submit any time up until the submission period deadline of April 2nd at 5 pm EDT. However, after the Submission Period has ended, the Submission cannot be modified in any way until after Judging and Public Voting have ended. That means submitters cannot update their apps, fix bugs or change their submissions in any way.

Also, applications should be submitted to Google Play before the Competition Submission Period deadline. For Applications not yet approved or otherwise unavailable on Google Play, a link to a website where the .apk file is downloadable must be provided.

Can we see the apps of others who submit?

Submissions will be posted on GalaxyNoteSPenChallenge.com on a rolling basis after being tested by the Administrator for basic functionality, eligibility, and compliance with the requirements of the Official Rules. The members of the general public, including all Contestants, will have equal access to Submissions posted on the website.

By public voting, do you mean that the public will have a bearing on the vote?

Public voting will determine the winner of the Popular Choice Award only. The public voting is tentatively scheduled to take place between April 9, 2012 at 10:00 AM EDT and April 16, 2012 at 5:00 PM EDT. Each registered visitor is able to place one vote per day for each of their favorite Submissions. Use of an automated process or similar device to submit an electronic vote is strictly prohibited.

You are not considering foreign countries?

No, the Samsung Galaxy Note S Pen App Challenge is open only to:

(i) Individuals who are at least 14 years of age and are legal permanent residents of the fifty (50) United States and its territories; and

(ii) Corporations (including not-for-profit corporations and other nonprofit organizations), limited liability companies, partnerships, and other legal entities (“Organizations”) that, at the time of entry, are domiciled in the United States of America, have been duly organized and validly exist.

Individuals may form teams (comprised solely of individuals) to enter the Competition, provided that each member of a team must be independently eligible in accordance with these eligibility requirements. Individuals submitting on behalf of teams or Organizations must meet the eligibility requirements for individual Contestants. An individual may join more than one team and/or Organization.