It’s rather obvious that there are very few apps available for Samsung’s homegrown Tizen operating system. What is interesting is that Samsung is not ready to give up on the OS and is introducing a new incentive programme to get developers on its alternative to Android.
To participate, developers must begin building apps for Samsung’s Tizen powered phones using the Tizen SDK. Target devices are the Z1, Z2, and Z3; although it interestingly also says that this should include future Tizen powered devices to be released in 2017.
The incentives only begin in January 2017, and will run until October 2017. During this time period, the top 100 apps in the Tizen Store each month will receive $10,000 (about RM45,000).
Naturally, there are some restrictions to participation. Pre-installed apps don’t count towards the top 100; and neither do apps that have had their development funded by Samsung itself. It looks like the idea is to get more third party devs on board with Tizen, although it’s difficult to tell if the incentives are enough to get more people on board.
[Source: Tizen Store]