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Samsung Developer Program

Gear Validation Policy

This policy stipulates the requirements that must be met for Gear apps that run on Samsung Gear devices to be distributed through the Samsung Galaxy App store.

1.0  Performance

This section relates to app operations.

1.1  Functionality

1.1.1  App installation, launch, termination, and uninstallation must succeed without errors.

1.1.2  App features must not crash or cause functional problems.

1.1.3  Apps must not include hidden features.

1.1.4  Trial or beta version binaries must not be submitted for certification.

1.1.5  For apps that require user login, login info (such as user ID and password) for a user account to be used to test the app must be provided during app registration.

1.1.6  Apps must not include malware and must not transmit viruses.

1.1.7  Apps must not initiate or support push notifications.

1.1.8  Apps must not generate icon shortcuts or bundles.

1.1.9  Apps must not initiate or support automatic updates.

1.2  Usability

1.2.1  Apps must be valuable, entertaining, unique, or informative.

1.2.2  The same app must be registered only one time.

1.2.3  Apps must not contain an excessive number of advertisements, web clippings, website links, or videos that degrade the user experience.

1.2.4  App graphics must be visible.

1.2.5  App text must be readable and not be truncated or distorted.

1.2.6  App screens must fill the device display screen.

1.2.7  Paid apps must not deceive customers with unreasonably high prices.

1.3  Metadata

1.3.1  App metadata must be appropriate for users of all ages.

1.3.2  If app registration specifies two or more distribution countries, app metadata must support English as the default language.

1.3.3  App registration preview images, screenshot images, and descriptions must accurately show and describe app functionality that is available.

1.3.4  If an app provides for in-app item purchases or advertisements, this must be accurately shown and described in the app registration preview images, screenshot images, and descriptions.

1.3.5  App metadata must not include irrelevant, misleading, or fraudulent keywords.

1.3.6  App registration must specify the age rating and category that are appropriate for the app.
          Note: If app registration does not specify an appropriate age restriction or category, Samsung can change them appropriately.

1.3.7  Metadata must not include references to, or relevant images of, app stores other than Samsung app stores, or mobile platforms for promotional purpose.

1.3.8  All included and specified URLs must not cause functional or content problems.

1.4  Hardware Compatibility

1.4.1  Apps must not make sounds in silent mode.

1.4.2  Apps must not change device default settings.

1.4.3  Apps must not restart the user device.

1.4.4  Apps must not cause problems for embedded device features (including, but not limited to, Bluetooth, G-sensor, Wi-Fi, Camera, Call, Volume/Hold Key, Alarm, and SMS/MMS).

1.4.5  Apps must not cause problems for hardware and system events.

1.4.6  Apps must not crash when the device is rotated and when device accessories (including, but not limited to, ear phones) are plugged into or unplugged from the device.

1.4.7  Apps must not consume excessive battery current, generate excessive heat, or rapidly drain the device battery.

2.0  App Content and Behavior

This section relates to app material and actions.

2.1  Sexually Explicit Content

2.1.1  Apps must not visually or audibly present or encourage overt sexual concepts or content (including, but not limited to, explicit nudity, exposed male or female genitalia, pornography, pedophilia, bestiality, sexually explicit behavior, and sexually suggestive poses).

2.1.2  Apps must not visually or audibly present or encourage exploitative sexual behavior (including, but not limited to, sexual abuse, sexual assault, and bestiality).

2.1.3  Apps must not provide a method to access websites that have a sexual emphasis (including, but not limited to, adult friend finder and dating websites).

2.2  Violence

2.2.1  Apps must not visually or audibly present or encourage murder, suicide, torture, or abuse.

2.2.2  Apps must not visually or audibly present or encourage violence or criminal behavior that could instigate a crime.

2.2.3  Apps must not visually or audibly present or encourage violent threats toward people or animals.

2.2.4  Apps must not visually or audibly present or encourage recklessly gruesome content (including, but not limited to, excessive bleeding).

2.2.5  Apps must not visually or audibly present or encourage use in the real world of weapons, bombs, terrorist actions, or any other dangerous objects.

2.3  Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drugs

2.3.1  Apps must not visually or audibly present or encourage the illegal use of alcohol, tobacco or drugs.

2.3.2  Apps must not visually or audibly present or encourage the sale of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs to minors.

2.3.3  Apps must not encourage excessive consumption of or make unnecessary references to alcohol, tobacco, or drugs.

2.3.4  Apps that present medical information to users must notify users that the medical information could be inaccurate.

2.4  Defamation and Vulgarity

2.4.1  Apps must not visually or audibly present content that could defame (by slander or libel) individual persons or groups of people based on race, gender, sexual preference or identity, ethnicity, nationality, disability, religion, political identity, or ideology.

2.4.2  Apps must not visually or audibly present excessively unpleasant, repellent, obscene, or vulgar language or expressions.

2.4.3  Apps must not visually or audibly present offensive, discriminatory, or inflammatory content about specific religious, social, or political parties, groups, positions, or concepts.

2.4.4  Apps must not visually or audibly present content that reasonable public consensus may find to be improper or inappropriate.

2.4.5  Apps must pass all censorship requirements (including, but not limited to, political, social, conflict, and security censorship).

2.5  Games and Gambling

2.5.1  Apps must not offer real money or prizes.

2.5.2  Apps must not support or promote gambling (including, but not limited to, lotteries, casino activities, sweepstakes, and sports betting).

2.5.3  For game apps with an 18+ age restriction that are to be distributed in South Korea, the apps must be granted Game Rating and Administration Committee (“GRAC”) certificate.

2.6  User-Generated Content

2.6.1  Apps with user-generated content must have a mechanism to filter restricted content from the app.

2.6.2  Apps with user-generated content must have measures to cope with intellectual property infringement.

2.6.3  Apps with user-generated content must provide users with a method and instructions for users to report to the app’s registering person or entity issues of restricted content or intellectual property infringement.

2.7  Advertisements

2.7.1  Apps must not contain or present advertisements that have any type of the following content:

  • Violence toward or abuse of humans or animals
  • Sexual content (including, but not limited to, pornography, pedophilia, and bestiality).
  • Sites (including, but not limited to, adult friend finder and dating site) that have a sexual emphasis or adult toys, videos, or products
  • Obscene, vulgar, or inappropriate language content
  • Defamatory, libelous, slanderous, or unlawful content
  • Promotion of or unnecessary references to alcohol, tobacco, and drugs
  • Offensive references or discrimination towards individual persons or groups of people based on race, gender, sexual preference or identity, ethnicity, nationality, disability, religion, political identity, or ideology.
  • Overtly political communication
  • Illegal activities, services, or substances
  • Illegal, false, or deceptive investment or money-making advice, promotions, or opportunities
  • Pharmaceutical products that are not certified in the countries the apps are to be distributed to
  • Content that reasonable public consensus may find to be improper or inappropriate

3.0 Legal

This section relates to lawful matters.

3.1  Privacy

3.1.1  Apps that access collect, get, use, transmit, or share user data (including, but not limited to, user location, calendar, and SMS/MMS information) must comply with all applicable local laws and the Samsung Service Terms and Conditions.

3.1.2  Apps that access, collect, use, transmit, or share user data must display the applicable user data privacy policy in their apps and submit the policy in the Privacy Policy URL field during app registration.

3.1.3  The app’s privacy policy must include the following information.

  • Collected user data items and types
  • Purposes of using user data
  • List of third-parties that the app shares user data and shared data types
  • User data items and data types that the app shares with third-parties
  • User data retention period and user data deletion (for example, upon account deletion or app uninstallation)
  • Method of notifying users when the privacy policy is revised
  • User data-related privileges (such as reading, revising, or deleting data) that can be requested by users

3.1.4  When the user data privacy policy is revised, users must be notified and the Privacy Policy URL in the app registration must be updated.

3.1.5  Apps must not access, collect, or use user data without legitimate user consent in accordance with local laws.

3.1.6  Apps must not require that the user grant more permissions or provide more personal information than the minimum necessary for the app to successfully support its features.

3.1.7  Apps must not display advertisements or push messages based on user data without first getting user consent to do so.

3.1.8  Apps must not initiate or support security warnings or other malicious means that try to obtain user data.

3.2  Intellectual Property

3.2.1  Apps must not copy aspects of any app being distributed through the Galaxy Apps store.

3.2.2  Apps must not support the download of any other app by a direct method from inside the app (for example, through an APK).

3.2.3  Apps must not display, depict, or use the Samsung brand, trademark, logo, or other Samsung identifiers.

3.2.4  Apps must not contain any reference that suggests that the app or its registering person or entity has a relationship with Samsung or misleads users about any Samsung device.

3.2.5  Apps that include Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) must comply with applicable open source software license terms.

3.2.6  Apps must not include, present, or use any material whose use is protected by the laws of any country the app is being distributed to (including, but not limited to copyrighted, trademarked, and patented material) without first getting the permission of the rightful owner.

3.2.7  For apps that include, present, or use protected material or support a method to share or download material not owned by the person or entity who registered the app, they must first get the permission of the rightful owner and maintain evidence of the permission, and must present a copy of the permission to Samsung upon demand.

Note: If you find protected material to inappropriately be inside an app or find material to inappropriately be available through an app distributed in a Samsung app store, please directly contact the person or entity who registered the app or submit a claim to Samsung.

3.3  Kids Category

3.3.1  Apps to be distributed in the Kids category of the Samsung Galaxy Apps store:

  • Must comply with applicable children’s privacy laws and statutes of the countries the app is distributed to, which includes, but is not limited to, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
  • Must be designed for children under 13 years of age.
  • Must not include in-app purchase items, advertisements, or purchasing functionality.
  • Must not contain links to outside of the app.

3.4  Miscellaneous

3.4.1  Apps must comply with all local laws of the countries that apps are to be distributed to.

3.4.2  Apps must observe and comply with all legal requirements and local customs of the countries to which the app is distributed.

3.4.3  For apps that are to be distributed in South Korea:

  • Apps must comply with the Act on Promotion of Information and Communications Network Utilization and Information Protection, and all other relevant Republic of Korea laws.
  • App registration must define the required and optional permissions describe why and how they are used.

3.4.4  Apps must not visually or audibly present or encourage any type of the following content:

  • Overtly political communication
  • Illegal activities, services, or substances
  • Illegal, false, or deceptive investment or money-making advice, promotions, or opportunities
  • Pharmaceutical products that are not certified in the countries to which the apps are to be distributed. 
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