I have read users having problems running the install manager executable of the Samsung Tizen SDK both in Windows 7 and 8. In my case, when I run the install manager under Windows 7 32-bit, it closes the popup window after extracting the file so I had no way to figure out what files were decompressed and where they were placed.

I had to take a screenshot just to find out where. The extracted files can be found at

c:\users\USERNAME\appdata\local\temp\tizensdk########

Now that you found the path, what to do next? Since the files located there are a jar file and a conf text file.

To run the install manager manually, run it using Java from the command line.

java -jar InstallManager.jar

That’s it! You should see a window show up like this.

tizen_sdk_install_manager

So you decided to submit your existing Android app found in the Google Play Store to Samsung’s Galaxy Apps and you cannot seem to register it because the Samsung Seller Apps portal does not see the app you submitted as a Galaxy Special app.

Starting July 1, 2014 and onwards, the Samsung Seller Apps portal requires developer to submit their Android apps as a Samsung Galaxy Special app.

So what makes it a Samsung Galaxy Special app?

If you use any of the special Samsung Android APIs mentioned in their developer portal, then that makes it a Galaxy Special App. Partly that is.

Because what if you do not need any of their APIs? How can you still submit it for approval?

The solution is to add 1 uses-permission tag in the AndroidManifest.xml file

There. You should now be able to submit your Android app as a Galaxy Special app in the Samsung Seller Portal.

s4_sensors

Samsung Galaxy S 4 has made it known that is has quite a number of sensors inside its Galaxy S4 smart phone. Some of these include the on board barometer and temperature/humidity sensor.

Samsung has revealed that there are a total of nine sensors on board its latest flagship smartphone and detailed their roles in phone’s features via an info-graphic (photo from Sinful Android).

Most of the modern smartphones come with some common sensors like accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer and proximity sensor, which are necessary to provide some practical features, but Samsung has taken it to a whole new level.

Despite these number of sensors, the battery-backup of the phone will not be affected.

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