Developers: Hooray!! Samsung releases API for Digital Compass

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Unlike HTC Samsung have always been committed to to developer support. The most recent evidence of this is the release of an updated SDK for Windows Mobile 6.5 and the API’s for the Digital Compass and Proximity Sensor found in the Samsung Omnia 2 

Samsung Mobile Innovator, Samsung Electronics’ support center for mobile application developers, today announced the availability of the latest release of the popular Samsung Software Developer Kit (SDK) which now supports the new Windows Mobile operating system.

The SDK, which is available for download on http://innovator.samsungmobile.com, allows developers to utilize advanced features on Samsung phones running the Windows Mobile 6.5 OS. This latest release provides access to the 3D Orientation (compass) and proximity sensor APIs, enabling developers to bring further innovation to Samsung mobiles. The localized SDK 2.0 release for China will be available in late October.

Currently, the SDK allows users to develop applications that utilize features such as the accelerometer, the camera, haptics and LED technology among many others. To date, developers have used the SDK to develop applications to enhance games, develop music applications and create social networking solutions with enhanced usability and features.

Currently, the number one downloaded application available at the recently launched Samsung Applications Store (www.samsungapps.com) is Omniano, a virtual piano playing application developed by Sean Kwon, which puts a grand piano in the users’ hands.

“We have been actively working with developers to understand their needs and provide the functionality and usability that make developing applications a unique and fun process,” said Martin Tannerfors, Director, Samsung Mobile Innovator. “It’s exciting to see how Samsung Mobile Innovator has created a place for developers to collaborate and share new and innovative ideas and openly discuss how we can help develop enhanced SDK tools.”

The following phones are supported in the latest release of the SDK:

  • GT-I8000 Omnia II
  • GT-B7300 Omnia LITE
  • GT-B7330 Omnia PRO B7330
  • SPH-i350 Intrepid
  • GT-B7620 Armani

The full list of phones and APIs supported is available at http://innovator.samsungmobile.com.

It is a real pity Samsung does not enjoy a higher profile in the Windows Mobile community, but hopefully their continuing efforts will pay off in kind.

Via MSMobiles.com

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