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Samsung Starts Taking Sign-Ups for October Developer Conference

Samsung is opening up registration today for its first major conference aimed at getting North American developers to focus specifically on devices made by the Korean electronics giant.

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The event, which will take place Oct. 27-29 in San Francisco, focuses on Samsung-specific hardware and software in its suite of electronics from phones and tablets to smart TVs. The company said that more than 40 sessions will cover new ways that developers can connect to its devices, as well as build in support for Samsung tools such as its Knox security and ChatOn communications platforms.

One thing to watch for will be the degree to which Samsung encourages programmers to write specifically for its products as compared to developing products that are made to run on all Android devices. There have long been questions about whether Samsung, with a significant chunk of the market for Android phones and tablets, would ever try to break off from Google. Google and Samsung executives have praised the relationship between the two companies.

Samsung announced the timing of the event in July, but had yet to give any details on what would be covered. Even as it takes sign-ups, the company is still being tight-lipped about who will speak and just what new developer opportunities it plans to announce.

Tickets to the event cost $299, Samsung said, including access to keynotes, sessions and a developer event on the first night of the conference.


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