Samsung Electronics announced that it will be holding a worldwide app challenge for Gear 2 apps, Samsung Gear App Challenge to vitalize the wearable app market. From May 8, developers can apply for the challenge by registering their apps developed with the Tizen SDK on Samsung Apps. The prizes for the challenge amounts to over $1.25m, including a $100,000 cash prize which will be awarded to the first place winner.


Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo run on the Tizen OS and this contest will certainly boost the number of available applications on the smartwatch’s app store “Samsung will continue to play its part in the wearable market through offering a wide array of outstanding SDKs to app developers.” said Won-Pyo Hong, President of Samsung Electronics Media Solution Center.

The challenge will be held in several developer events in various countries, including South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, USA, Brazil, and Russia. In addition, Samsung plans to host various global events including the Samsung Gear Hackathon and Developer Day to help developers better understand the SDK for the Samsung Gear 2. Last month. Pebble App Challenge was also done in the same way by Pebble.

For more information on app development for the Samsung Gear and related events, visit the Samsung Developer Site.