Samsung plans to hold its first developers’ conference this October in San Francisco, the company announced Monday morning. A teaser site offering e-mail signup betrays little about what the conference will cover, but a Samsung representative clarified that the Samsung Developer Conference will be a “cross-product, cross-platform” event.
Samsung currently has two major operating systems that it centers products on: Android with the TouchWiz UI overlay the company uses for mobile phones and Chrome OS for its Chromebooks. The company is also collaborating on an alternative mobile OS, Tizen, that could make an appearance at the conference.
There has reportedly been a bit of tension stirring between Google and Samsung over Samsung’s runaway success as the best-selling Android phone manufacturer. Google’s concern, according to unnamed sources speaking to the Wall Street Journal, is that Samsung might eventually try to throw its weight around to control the direction of Android or get a cut of Google’s “lucrative mobile ad business.”
A conference like this gives a little credence to those fears. But Sundar Pichai, the Android head at Google, had nothing but bona fides for Samsung upon entering the position in May.
The taglines for the event will sell the devcon as an opportunity to “engage with industry leaders” and learn about “new Samsung tools and SDKs.” The full site will go live later this summer, and the conference will take place on October 27-29.