Has there ever been a better time to be an app developer? Some experts are already calling 2016 “the golden age of software development.” And it is not hard to see why. Smartphone usage increases by the day, hybrid tablet sales are up by 120 percent worldwide and PC usage continues to diversify.
Samsung Printing Solutions has added a new dimension to the software industry, in the form of its Smart UX Center. The center is a tablet-like interface for Samsung’s multi-function printers (MFPs) that allows users to customize their devices with downloadable apps and widgets. The Smart UX Center is compatible with a range of A3 and A4 devices including the MultiXpress X7600 series.
Developers at Samsung say Smart UX Center has opened the floodgates for app developers with the Smart UX Center. The key advantage of the platform, they say, is that it is Android-based. This is a bonus for users, for whom using the center will feel both intuitive and familiar. However, for developers, this is an even bigger plus. In particular, software professionals with Android app-building experience will feel at home working with the Smart UX Software Development Kit (SDK).
So if you have a good idea for a new printing app, or are interested in creating an Android-based version of software that is already out there, read on to see what you need in order to begin.
Once you have figured out what you want your app to do, you can commence development. To do this, you will first need to download the SDK. If you are an existing Samsung account holder, simply click here to request access to the developing software. If not, you will first need to sign up for a Samsung account.
Making paid apps is the best way to monetize your ideas. However, all paid app developers are required to make trial versions of their Smart UX Center apps. This is an important part of the process, because app purchases are non-refundable, meaning users need to be able to try your product out before buying.
You can create several different kinds of trial version, including a demo version, a free version that can be subsequently upgraded to a paid or pro version, or even a full version that comes with a demo license. Letting people try out your app with no strings attached is a helpful way to spread the word about your new product.
Nuts and Bolts
Drawing up contracts and calculating revenue sharing might not necessarily come as second nature for all software experts, but the good news is that help is at hand. Developers can discuss terms with Samsung pertaining to sales, revenue sharing and a range of other issues that relate to their apps.
You determine your app’s supply price to Samsung, who in turn can help determine an appropriate retail price for end-users. With help and dedicated experts on call at every turn, there is no need to fear red tape or number crunching – or to let factors like these stand in your way when you are developing innovative new software.
Samsung’s app testing system is called Verification & Validation (V&V). Only apps that have passed the V&V process are made available on the Printing App Center, which means customers are assured of all Smart UX Center apps’ stability and device compatibility.
Developers will be keen to learn that Samsung actually takes care of the V&V process for you. This means your app will be comprehensively tested to make sure it is compatible with all aspects of Samsung MFP device functionality.
Stability, compatibility and other factors are all tested by Samsung professionals. And should your app fail any of these tests, you will be provided with a report of the issues you need to fix before resubmitting for a second round of tests. Effective testing of this sort can save developers not only time, but also money.
Building Trust in Your App
One of the best ways to show customers your app is well-designed, stable and worth paying for is to have a comprehensive and easy-to-understand customer service policy that includes established points of contact.
These enable customers, subsidiaries and Samsung headquarters to get in touch with app developers if an issue occurs during application use. When customers know they will be able speak to an expert if they encounter an issue, it helps build confidence in your product – and feedback of this sort can help you troubleshoot and improve your app’s functionality and appeal.
A New World of Opportunities
Whereas in the past app device development meant creating software for cellphones and tablets, smart technology is moving fast, and has already entered the printing industry.
Experts say that the Smart UX Center will help transform printers into central hubs for the smart office. And software experts are thus now starting to develop a whole new range of exciting and new apps that business users around the world can use in conjunction with Samsung MFPs.
For more details about how you can turn your great ideas into saleable Smart UX Center apps, check out a full and comprehensive guide to creating downloadable software for MFPs here. And if you are in need of some inspiration, you can also peruse some of the existing Smart UX Center apps here.
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