To share our idea of a “printing ecosystem” with our partners—a new printing paradigm that positions a printer as a versatile device that streamlines workflows by maximizing mobility and connectivity with other devices—we conducted a survey on users’ familiarity with and expectations from the Samsung Smart UX Center. And the results showed that 66.2% of the participants “clearly understood” the Smart UX Center and that 88% of them expected “customization, PC-less workflow, extensibility.”
Basically, the results showed us that we need to get out there and talk more about the possibility of the “customization,” “PC-less workflow,” and “extensibility” that can be realized with the Smart UX Center, especially when enhanced with the Samsung Software Development Kit.
So, we held an SDK webinar. The webinar took place on June 10th with 54 participants, including business partners, industry associates, and Samsung employees. The objective of the webinar was to explain the entire process of creating an application with the SDK, from download to testing stage. SDK allows developers and dealer/resellers to create and publish their own Android apps for Smart UX Center-equipped MFPs. With the freedom to create their own apps, they can extend their MFP’s native functionalities like copying, printing, scanning, and faxing for a more connected and efficient printing ecosystem.
|Step 1||Request and receive the SDK|
|Step 2||Development support and tools|
|Step 3||Application upload and verification|
|Step 4||Application publishing|
|Step 5||Application on customers' Smart UX MFPs|
The webinar speakers shared case studies to explain how to develop workflow-enhancing applications like Workbook Composer and Send Anywhere (both Samsung in-house apps). In the case of Send Anywhere, a document can be shared between a mobile and PC by combining scanning and printing functionalities with SDK API keys.
After the webinar, the number of SDK downloads has increased by 20%. Participants were excited about the possibility of strengthening their printing ecosystem with their original apps. One of the participants, currently a developer at an IT start-up in the U.S., shared his thoughts:
“This webinar got me really excited about the things I could do to transform printing workflows in my office. I personally use my mobile a lot, and using mobile printing is kind of a hassle right now with the current system there. But with SDK, I think I can make my own app that does just what I need and want.”