SDC18: Samsung Unveils New Mobile Game Developing Tools
The Samsung Galaxy smartphone is the world’s largest platform for Android games, and Samsung is trying to capitalize on that by offering new tools to game developers.
The company established the Galaxy GameDev in 2016 – a program dedicated to supporting global game developers and partners. Since the program was announced at SDC 2016, it has helped over 50 partners, including Unity and Epic Games, optimize their offerings. it is providing tools to developers, such as 64-bit and Vulkan API,. The launch of Fortnite for Android with Galaxy Note9 is just one of many examples of the program’s influence on the gaming landscape.
Today Samsung is trying to help game developers to create even better games. In the coming year, the Galaxy GameDev will expand to include even more cutting-edge tools, including GPUWatch and GameSDK with Android P. Working in partnership with Unity, Samsung will also release Adaptive Performance in 2019 to provide heat control API and other optimization tools for developers.
Vulkan API equips developers with the right tools to deliver a high-quality gaming experience. An enhanced iteration of Vulkan was announced at Samsung Developer Conference 2018, and offers 10 percent improved performance compared to the OpenGL ES.
GPUWatch aids developers in their monitoring and measurement of performance between Vulkan and OpenGL ES. It’s now packed with new features, such as overlaid measurement results and real-time information on-screen – all made possible without separate installation or PC connection.
To help its gaming partners deliver their latest creations to their fans, Samsung is also launching the Galaxy Store Seller Program. For users, the new Galaxy Store, will simplify the steps to find new games on Galaxy phones and more exclusive benefits.
Samsung is also strengthening Samsung IAP by enhancing the fraud detection system, settlement system and the seller dashboard. The company's partnership program called Made4Samsung that started in the US will also expand globally, providing more opportunities for developers to commercialize their games.
Linux on DeX for Coding on the Go
In related news, Samsung announced the new Linux on DeX app.
Samsung DeX is enabling Samsung’s latest flagship Galaxy mobile devices to power a PC-like experience for getting work done on the go, watching movies, gaming, or browsing the web on a bigger screen. With the new Linux on DeX app, Samsung is making it even easier for developers to code on the go.
The combination of Samsung DeX and the Linux on DeX app allows developers to connect their Galaxy device to a monitor using just an HDMI adapter, and instantly enjoy a fuller computing experience when on the go.
The app enables them to work on both Android and Ubuntu-based Linux distributions. Samsung provides a modified version of Ubuntu for Linux on DeX users, and has been working with Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu.
Linux on DeX will be available as a private beta beginning on November 12. The private beta is only available for users of Samsung’s Galaxy Note9 and Galaxy TabS4 running Android Oreo and above.