Over the last few months, you have likely seen a hard push by manufacturers in attempts to try and get closer to developer communities like ours. The effect that we have on their product sales is strong enough to create a tough situation for any company that decides to ignore this part of their consumer base. The best examples that you can see would be number of devices and users of Samsung and HTC products as compared to other brands that are not as developer friendly like Motorola and Sony. The effect is not a coincidence as our intervention in their “world” is not destructive but rather constructive and some companies decide to take advantage of this constructive criticism, which in turn makes their products better and more popular, increasing their sales in the process.
One such company is Samsung. A few months back, you can likely recall a xda user by the name of SamsungJohn who had what some would consider a “firery” entrance and exit from the xda scene. The original idea, unfortunately never worked out in the way it was expected with Samsung trying to establish a stronger presence on xda. However, over the last few months, we have been working together with John on a very interesting project that will likely help xda (and the Android community as a whole) to be closer and thus have the ability to get more stuff done that will ultimately benefit all of us, as we will get better quality products that will ultimately work out 100% of the box. As an added bonus, as we see a bigger push towards developers, we may see more openness in the platform as well.
John has been instrumental in the organization of an upcoming conference that was just announced via his Twitter account. Samsung Developer Conference or “DevCon” will be taking place in San Francisco one month from now on November 8th. The best part is that xda will participate in the event as a sponsor as well as being active in a few special activities of this mega event. If this wasn’t interesting enough, Samsung will invite 3 people from xda-developers to the conference. XDA User Experience Administrator svetius will be hand picking the people who will attend to this event, but it isn’t really fixed as to who will go at the moment. However, svetius could potentially choose anyone.
Here is the official announcement by SamsungJohn
Hello XDA’ers, I haven’t forgotten about you. In fact, I want to invite three of you guys for free to our very own conference…SA
MSUNG DEVCON!” Soon, Svetius will be selecting the three lucky people who will attend.
“The Journey Has Already Begun” – Converging TV, tablet computers, and mobile phones to create a “take anywhere” digital world for customers.
Time: Tuesday, November 8 8:00AM-8:00PM
[B]More big announcements to come [/B]
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Special thanks to: Captainkrtek & Egzthunder1
Well, folks… there you have it! xda-developers will attend and will participate. The question is, will you?
John will be keeping this thread up to date for you to have the latest information available as well as having up to the minute updates via his Twitter.
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