The recently unveiled Samsung Printing App Center 2.0 has won plenty of plaudits in the business and reseller community. Since its inception, the center has provided a one-stop home for software downloads for the Smart UX Center, an Android-powered touchscreen interface for Samsung multi-function printers (MFPs). But with new, advanced catalog-creation features, real-time chat functions and forums, this year’s revamp means the center is now even more versatile – and easier to use.
But along with these improvements, Samsung also revealed changes to the way third-party developers create and release software on the center.
The news will be very welcome for the ever-expanding Android developing community. And for those now looking to transfer their Android software developing prowess into the field of office tech, the new Printing App Center 2.0 provides plenty of exciting opportunities.
But if you are still in the dark about how exactly to go about developing an app for the Printing App Center 2.0, worry not – all of your questions, and many more, are addressed below!
What role do non-Samsung developers play in Samsung’s Smart UX universe?
The short answer is: a very big one indeed. Samsung principal engineer Hyunjong Kang has gone on the record to state that the company created the Smart UX Center with the view of inviting Android developers from all over the globe to the table. Kang says, “Samsung has just created the core technology. We want the multitude of Android developers out there to help do the rest.”
What do developers need to get started?
If you are a budding Android developer, first of all you will need to get your hands on the Samsung Printing Smart UX software development kit (SDK). If you have experience with Android dev kits, you will probably be able to find your way around the SDK fairly easily (although plenty of help is also at hand if you are feeling lost). Developers with Samsung accounts can apply for the SDK right away. If you do not have an account, signing up for one is easy. All the resources you need to get an account (and get developing) can be found right here.
Are any other resources available?
A comprehensive app development guide is available online, in PDF form, here. The guide takes developers through the whole app creation process step-by-step, and also lets you know who you need to reach out to if you run into a problem. There are also a lot of practical downloads available here, including a Smart UX SDK Programming Guide and a printable, time-saving checklist.
How easy is it to monetize Smart UX apps and widgets?
Before you can make your paid app available for download, you will need to ensure you have a valid license – if you need a module for this step, you may need the easy-to-use Samsung License Management (SLM) tool, details of which can be found in the above-mentioned guide.
You will also need to make a trial version. After all, Printer App Center software purchases are non-refundable, so customers need to be able to take your software out for a spin before parting with their money. Again, more details about the different types of trial versions you can create, as well as relevant sales contract information, are available in the guide.
How does Samsung provide help to developers?
Arguably the handiest resource available for Smart UX developers is Samsung’s testing system, its Verification & Validation (V&V) process.
Only V&V-approved apps make it onto the Printing App Center 2.0. So for V&V, Samsung experts personally test apps on a range of real-life Smart UX-compatible printers, checking for full Samsung MFP compatibility. If they detect any stability or compatibility issues, they send developers a report explaining what needs to be resolved before the developer can resubmit their app or widget.
How can developers check to see how well-received their apps are?
Registered users are given access to a handy statistics menu, where they can check on a range of download stats. These are broken down by month, and even region, allowing developers to see where their apps are most popular.
What has changed for developers since the Printing App Center 2.0 revamp?
The afore-mentioned V&V process was already far-reaching, but since the revamp it has now become even easier. It has come a new, simplified and interactive process that lets developers request, verify and launch their apps quicker – think of it as a sort of fast-track for V&V. The whole process has been streamlined to better suit the needs, first and foremost, of third-party developers.
Project leader Hyunsub Kil is the brains behind the Printing App Center 2.0. He recently explained that making life easier for developers was a key aim in the recent Printing App Center revamp. Kil noted, “We made the system more open and convenient for app developers – that’s why we simplified V&V. No developer wants to ping-pong with verification for, say, three months, before they can upload their apps onto the marketplace. A simpler process really helps developers.”
With the advent of the Smart UX Mobile app, yet more print users are making use of Samsung’s expanding Smart UX ecosystem. And for Android developers, that means there are now more customers out there than ever waiting for software solutions that will help them customize their hardware.
With the Printing App Center 2.0 revamp, Samsung has once again pledged its support to the wider Android developing community – providing more creative business opportunities in the ever-growing office software industry.
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