Few things are more frustrating than spending hours poring over a project only to get hung up on technical difficulties — we get that. At the Samsung Developer Program, we roll up our sleeves to help dozens of devs troubleshoot every day. But luckily, our job is to make things easier for you. So to help, we’re kicking off a blog series that addresses some of the most common questions that our Dev Support team receives. Today, Certification & Release Manager Alex Kim shares what exactly devs need to do in order for their content to appear on Galaxy Apps.
There’s one major way that Galaxy Apps differs from all of the other app stores: curation. To make sure we maintain the highest standard of quality for our customers — and the best potential for discovery for developers — we hand-pick the 3,000 apps that appear in our store, so the only ones available for download are apps we really believe in. As a result, your challenge as a developer is two-fold: technical and qualitative.
Let’s start out with the technical requirements. Our detailed guide is here, but for the sake of brevity, I’ll go ahead and distill it into a few high-level steps. The first step is making sure your app meets all of the key requirements on our checklist. Some of these are basic criteria, like having an accurate and appropriate icon, screenshot, description and tag, or allowing the user to stop the app by pressing the hold button. Others are a bit more complex, though, like making sure that your app is secure and that it executes without any problems. After you’ve met those requirements, it’s time to install the necessary SDKs, including the Samsung Account SDK to support single sign-on for users and any payment SDKs you want to incorporate to help your app generate revenue.
Once you’ve finalized your app, it’s time to register it in the Samsung Galaxy Apps Seller Office. To do that, you’ll need a Samsung Account, which you can sign up for here. As long as there’s no problem with your binary files, you should be automatically pre-certified within about 30 minutes. You can return to the Seller Office to monitor your progress at any time, and if for some reason your pre-certification is rejected, one of our team members will reach out shortly and explain why so you can fix the problem and resubmit. On the other hand, if your app passes pre-certification, you’ll be notified and moved on to the next step: certification.
This is where the curation part comes in. In addition to making sure that your app is up to our technical standards, we also exercise editorial discretion, which means that not every submitted app will be published to Galaxy Apps. While this does make the barrier to entry for the store a bit higher, the increased visibility and potential for discovery that Galaxy Apps offers is well worth the extra effort.
From games to productivity apps and more, we accept all sorts of apps as long as they meet our standards for being valuable, entertaining, unique, or informative for users. And if we feel like your app is up to par? Congratulations! Your app will shortly go live on Galaxy Apps. You can manage it and monitor stats on downloads, user purchases and financial information through the Seller Office portal. If your certification is denied, we encourage you to revise your app based on our feedback and try again.
The publication process will vary a bit from person to person, but hopefully this answers some of your most pertinent questions. If you have need any more help, check out our resources page or learn how our Samsung Developer Program can help you navigate technical issues on a personal, individualized level. Now, get coding — the future isn’t going to build itself.