This morning, Samsung announced that they had chosen their first 200 finalists in their Gear App Challenge. These finalists will get about $2,000 each and advance to the next round where they will be working on great apps for Samsung's wearables like the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit. Which, is desperately needed, especially after they jumped to Tizen on the Gear 2 from Android on the Galaxy Gear. Samsung stated that they received over 980 entries for apps that do all kinds of things. Including "LBS (Location Based Service) app, schedule management app, RSS feed app, Samsung gear-linked game app and more." Entries came from 69 different countries.
So what's next for round 2?
In Round 2, the finalists from Round 1 will be invited to compete again for more prizes and exposure. Developers will have additional time to improve and modify their apps. Judges will select the top 40 applications and those winners will receive a total of $850,000 in additional prize money and marketing exposure for their apps.
In addition, the public will be given the chance to vote for their favorites among the top 10 apps to choose the Popular Choice Prize winner.
Grand prize, Second prize, and Popular Choice award winners will be announced at the Samsung Developers Conference mid-November, 2014."
You can check out all the details on the Samsung Gear App challenge by visiting the source link down below. It's going to be real interesting to see what these finalists come up with for apps for the Gear wearables. Because we all know that the Gear smartwatches could definitely use some more apps, especially after switching over to Tizen. How many of you are excited to see what kind of apps come out of this Gear App Challenge from Samsung? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.