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Why is Samsung holding the Samsung Smart TV Challenge?

The challenge aims to celebrate the release of the Samsung TV Apps Software Development Kit (SDK) for our industry-leading line of interactive TVs; to generate great apps for our millions of customers; and to build new and lasting relationships between software developers and Samsung.

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What are the criteria for selection of the finalists and eventual winner of the challenge?

Submissions will be judged on Visual Appeal, Quality of the Idea, and Functional Implementation of the idea.

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If I win, do I keep ownership of my application?*

Yes, you will retain Intellectual Property ownership of your application.

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Is my submission required to use the Samsung Software Development Kit?*

Yes, you must use the Samsung TV Apps SDK available at the Samsung D Forum .

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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 more than one person may work on an app and receive credit for it. The prize will be awarded to the group and it will be up to the group to split the prize, as stated in the Official Rules.

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I live outside of the EU. Can I enter?

No. The challenge is open to all UK, German, and French residents (who must enter their submission in their respective country's competition), as well as all legally-registered organisations domiciled in the EU. Each software application may only be entered into one territory's competition.

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We are an organization. Can we enter?

Yes.

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Can people enter more than once?

Yes. There is no limit to how many times an eligible person or organization may enter. And, an individual may join more than one team, corporation, or nonprofit organization.

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Do the submitted apps have to be newly created for this competition, or can they be pre-existing applications ported to work on the Samsung TV Apps Software Development Kit (SDK)?

Submissions may be pre-existing applications provided they comply with all of the requirements outlined in the Official Rules, including that they must be built on the Samsung TV Apps SDK. Any applications already launched on Samsung Internet@TV are not eligible to enter.

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What are the key dates around the challenge?

The submission deadline is 30th December, 2010, at 23:59 GMT.
The public voting and judging panel will commence on or about 15th January, 2011 at 12:00 GMT and end February 4, 2011 at 17:00 GMT. Winners will be announced on our about 14th February, 2011.

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What information is it important for me to include in my application?

The principal content requirement is to use the Samsung TV Apps SDK to create your application. There are other requirements, as outlined in the Official Rules.

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When will the money be disbursed to the winner?

Within 30 days of the announcement of the winners.

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How can I make sure my app will work properly on Samsung devices?

You can test the application on any Samsung device which incorporates Internet@TV. Also you can email us at support@SamsungSmartTVChallenge.eu at any time.

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How can I get more information?

You may email any questions to us at support@SamsungSmartTVChallenge.eu

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Where can I find the Software Developer Kit for developing on the Samsung apps platform ?
  • The Software Developer Kit (SDK) can be downloaded from the Samsung Developer Forum in the SDK & Tools section under Apps Guide menu.
  • It is called the Samsung TV Apps SDK and is currently compatible only with Windows OS.

You can get more details on SamsungDForum .

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What is the Samsung Developer Forum ?
  • The Samsung Developer Forum(SDF) is a Forum for the Samsung TV Developers where all the resources related to building an app on the Samsung Apps platform can be found.
  • The SDF would possess tools from the SDK downloads to the documents and tutorials to build on the Samsung Apps platform.
  • In the SDF, each developer would be able to post their technical concerns with respect to the SDK and/or app development, where answers would be provided by the Samsung Engineering Team.
  • In the SDF, the developers would also have a chance to interact with fellow developers for information sharing and for exchanging ideas on the discussion board.
  • The SDF also has a space called the App Gallery where developers can evaluate other developers application and have their applications evaluated by others.
What are Samsung Apps?
  • Samsung Apps are web based applications running on an application engine installed in digital TVs and Blu-ray players connected to the Internet. This service makes it possible to run internet based applications on the TV and BDP. Viewing an application on this is very much like viewing web pages using a web browser on an ordinary PC.The browser used with Samsung Apps is the Maple 5.1 browser.

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What is Maple browser?
  • Maple stands for MArkup engine PLatform for Embedded Systems. It is a browser engine for CE devices.
  • An application when run on the MAPLE browser consists of HTML,CSS and JavaScript.
    • The HTML page shows structure of application.
    • The CSS file does the style of application.
    • The JavaScript controls the behavior of the application.
  • For more information, please view the App Development Guide for Samsung Apps which is a part of the Samsung TV Apps SDK Documents section in the SDF.

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What are the supported standard specification of Maple browser?
  • HTML 4.01/XHTML 1.0/XML 1.0 Markup language specifications
  • HTTP1.0/1.1
  • CSS1/CSS2/CSS TV Profile 1.0
  • DOM1, DOM2
  • JavaScript 1.6
  • Supported Image format: BMP/JPEG/PNG/GIF

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What is the use of the Samsung TV Apps SDK?
  • Samsung TV Apps SDK is equipped with a simulator which a developer can test their application and run it on before running it on an actual device.

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How to make a Samsung TV Apps SDK application ?
  • For making a Samsung TV Apps SDK application, the application requires the following elements:-
  • Index.html file which serves as access point of application
  • Application configuration file – This is the XML file in the root of application structure that holds information about setting an application.
  • JavaScript files /CSS files and Image files.
    For more information, please view the App Development Guide for Samsung Apps.

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What types of applications can I create with Samsung Apps?
  • You can create full screen application

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How do I make users control my developed application on a device ?
  • The Application will respond to the device remote control. For more information on basic steps please read section 4.2.5 of App Development Guide for Samsung Apps.

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Is there any IME options for controlling through remote control ?
  • Text Input is available via remote control in application. Internet @TV provides an entire module for using the IME. For more details please refer to the IME Tutorial document in the Samsung TV Apps SDK documents .

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Is there any specific User Experience Interaction Guidelines to follow for the TV?
  • For more information on this please view the Samsung TV Apps SDK UX Guideline document to be in sync with Samsung UX policy guidelines.

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What are the video player specifications of Samsung TV Apps SDK?
  • The standard supported Audio Video format is .H264 /AAC . For more information on supported formats please view Player Specification document which is a part of the Samsung TV Apps SDK Documents.

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Do you support Flash integration ?
  • Currently in our Samsung TV Apps SDK 1.5 we support Flash version 8.0 or lower / Action Script 2.0 and Flash Lite 3.1 for digital home. For more information on flash player specification, please view Flash Player Specification document which is a part of the SDK Documents.

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Is there any Document that lists the open Device APIs?
  • For information on Device API please view the Device API Guide document which is a part of the Samsung TV Apps SDK Documents.

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How do I test my application on a Samsung app device ?
  • The application developed in the Samsung TV Apps SDK can be packaged and ported into a real time Samsung device for testing purposes. For more information on this please view the User Application Guide which is a part of the SDK Documents.

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Which devices support Samsung Apps and on which devices could I test my developed Samsung app ?
  • Most 2010 US TVs above 40” support samsung apps.
  • All 2010 Blu-ray players.
  • A developer can test the application on samsung apps supported TV and any 3D Blu-ray players.

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