Samsung is offering Tizen developers a $10,000 cash prize every month to boost the platform’s apps and services

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Samsung announced today that it is going to offer developers of the top 100 apps on the Tizen app store a prize of $10,000 every month individually to boost Tizen’s apps and services.

11th Nov., 2016, Red Newswire/-

When Samsung acquired Tizen, the company was planning to build a host of Android-alternative smartphones and other devices. While we haven’t seen many smartphones come out for the platform, Tizen has been the core of many of Samsung’s other smart products including smartwatches, TVs, cameras and the company’s push into the Internet of things (IoT).

And although the platform has been universally accepted, the Tizen app store is still kind of spartan. In an attempt to fix this, Samsung announced today that it will offer developers of the top 100 apps on the Tizen app store a prize of $10,000 every month individually to boost Tizen’s apps and services.

This means that the company will be investing a whopping $1 million each month from February through September, 2017 in the initiative called Tizen Mobile App Incentive Program. But, reportedly, the loss will be worthwhile as the app store population may go up sizeable.

The company, as of now, hasn’t released any high-end/flagship smartphones, but back in May, Mihai Pohontu, vice president of emerging platforms at Samsung, said that Android would remain its OS of choice for high-end devices.

“Tizen is becoming more important for us — it’s one of the ways we can sell smartphones at very low cost in emerging markets,”

he said.

“Also, Tizen powers our TVs. It powers our wearables and IoT. It even powers our security solution, KNOX. We’re very serious about Tizen. It’s a wonderful operating system. We’re committed to Android, though. Our high-end handsets will run Android for the foreseeable future.”

It will be interesting to see how the whole deal works out for the Korean giant. Developing markets like India will be the ones that will take the most advantage of this program as there are a handful of devices based o