On Wednesday, August 7th, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note10 in New York City. Now in two sizes, these powerful phones pack a variety of features for productivity and creativity. Most interesting for developers is the evolution of the S Pen and the introduction of Air Actions. While the Note9 allowed developers to leverage a single- or double-click of the S Pen to control apps, the new S Pen has both a gyroscope and an accelerometer. Air Actions let developers use gestures to enhance app functionality by detecting basic movements. Furthermore, the full S Pen Remote SDK gives devs access to raw data, enabling you to capture complex movements.
Samsung says the S Pen SDK will now allow developers to enable gesture control with motion tracking and I think the whole room just whispered, “light saber,” under their breath.
— Stan Horaczek (@stanhoraczek) August 7, 2019
Whether your app requires users to swipe right, cast magic spells, or engage in a lightsaber battle, the updated S Pen SDK has you covered. I know you’re thinking “that’s impossible, even for a computer!” but it’s true! Want to conduct a symphony? Perfect your golf swing? Now you can with the Note10.
The Note10 also extends the capabilities of DeX by making it easier for users to access mobile capabilities on a PC or Mac. Developers can learn more about optimizing their apps for DeX on the developer portal.
Galaxy Watch Active2
The newest addition to the Galaxy Watch portfolio is the Galaxy Watch Active2. It combines the best features of the original Galaxy Watch with those of the Galaxy Watch Active by bringing back the rotating bezel, this time in digital form. Users can disable the touch bezel, so check out our user-interface guidelines to ensure you know how to support the rotating bezel, touch bezel, and bezel-less devices in your apps.
Designers can continue to be creative and build beautiful custom watch faces for the Galaxy Watch Active2. Learn more about Galaxy Watch Designer and unleash your creative juices.
You might have caught the moment during Unpacked where they showed someone taking a group selfie from their phone by simply tapping an app on their watch. Apps like this are built with Tizen, which supports native, web, and .NET development. Last year’s Best of Galaxy Store Watch App winner was Kemas Dimas, who created a wrist camera app that does just what you saw onstage.
If you’re in San Francisco on August 22, we invite you to register now and join us at an event focused on growth and innovation in the wearable device market. You’ll hear from Samsung and partner experts in the health and wearable space, and we’ll be previewing the new Galaxy Watch Active2.
Galaxy Tab S6
If you didn’t catch Unpacked live, or want to watch it again, the full video replay is above. You can also check out the Samsung Newsroom for more on the day’s announcements.
See these products in action and learn more about all of the different SDKs and tools available for developers and designers at this year’s Samsung Developer Conference! Register by September 27 to capture early bird prices. Do or do not. There is no try.