On Monday, Samsung announced the Galaxy S5 on stage in Barcelona. The Galaxy S5 seemed to be based around the hardware this time around instead of software. During the Unpacked event on Monday, we didn’t hear a whole lot about software on the Galaxy S5, but we did hear a lot about the hardware, which is a nice change.
On Wednesday, Samsung updated their SDK to support the Galaxy S5 features. So now app developers that are interested in integrating the fingerprint scanner or the heart rate monitor into their apps can download the latest Samsung Mobile SDK and get started. The newest version is 1.51 beta. It also rolled out with accessory data and health. Probably for the new Gear lineup of wearables, the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit.
As expected, their SDK allows developers to implement Samsung-specific features, like the S Pen and Multi-window feature. If you’re interested in the SDK, you can download it here. We’ve seen some apps build in Samsung’s Multi-Window feature in the past – like Falcon for Twitter – and it’s going to be very interesting to see what apps get these features that Samsung put into the Galaxy S5.
The Galaxy S5 seemed to be focused on health, even more than the Galaxy S4 was. Which is a great idea for Samsung, as it appears no other OEM is doing this right now. But I do think that’s about to change. I’ve really been a fan of the S Health app and features since it was announced on the Galaxy S4, it’s one of the few apps and features from Samsung that I’d use.
How many of you are interested to see what apps are able to integrate the fingerprint sensor and the heart rate monitor? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.