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Samsung Developer Program

Application Requirements and Guidelines

Free and paid Android, Gear, and Theme apps are governed by the following:

App Design and Development

  • Android apps, Edge Panel apps, and Theme apps must be based on the Android platform.
  • Gear apps (watch face apps and general apps) must be based on the Gear platform. 
  • Free and paid Android apps that offer in-app items must integrate Samsung In App Purchasing functionality by either:
  • Free and paid Gear apps that offer in-app items must integrate Gear In-App Purchase functionality.
  • Android apps must prevent conflicts when their users update the Android app published in Galaxy Apps if the Android app is also published in other app stores.
    • We recommend that you:

      • Use a unique package name for your app published in Galaxy Apps.
        (For example, your app com.myapp is published in another app store. You can register the same app as com.myapp.galaxy for the Galaxy Apps store.)
        or
      • For your app published in Galaxy Apps, use a signing key that is different from the signing keys for apps published in all other app stores. Because the package name does not change, there should not be any backend dependency issues.
        Note: Keep track of all signing keys used for different app store versions of your app.
    • When using either method:

      • There is no dependency on the other app stores. Users who download your app from Galaxy Apps will receive app updates from only Galaxy Apps.
      • The app version registered through Samsung Seller Office must pass validation. After the app is approved, it is distributed in Galaxy Apps.
    • If neither of the recommended methods is feasible, determine an appropriate solution by contacting Samsung via email or submitting an SDP support ticket.

App Registration

  • Apps must be registered in Samsung Seller Office and must pass validation by Samsung.
  • Apps can only be distributed to countries in which one or more devices are compatible with the registered app binary files.
  • For paid apps with or without in-app items and free apps with in-app items:
    • They can only be distributed to countries with paid sales contracts.
    • After the SAMSUNG Galaxy Apps paid service is extended into a country that previously only permitted free app distribution, it will be determined whether additional apps can be distributed into the country.
  • For apps permitting users to pay for app download by their phone bill:
    • Available carrier tier prices are set a for each carrier that is available in each distribution country, and the prices are above the country minimum price.
    • When the calculated app price (based on the app's standard price) is not one of available carrier tier prices, the default price entry is the nearest available price.
  • For free and paid apps registered as agreeing to the When SAMSUNG Galaxy Apps becomes available in more countries or with more payment options, your applications will automatically be sold in those countries (in the Country & Price tab) feature:
    • When a country initially agrees to a paid sales contract, then the app is automatically distributed to that country and the app price is governed by the app's standard price or by an overriding factor (such as a minimum payment price).
    • When a country changes the existing sales contract by adding more payment options, then the app price is governed by the app's standard price or by an overriding factor.
  • The person(s) registering an app must have an account with Samsung Account and the appropriate type of Samsung Seller Office account indicated in the following table:

 

Your Admin Personnel

 

Your App or Product

Your In-App Items

Samsung Account

Seller Office
Seller Account

 

Integrated Into Code

Seller Office

Seller Office

User

Free

Commercial

 

In-App Purchase (IAP)

Registered

Validated

Registered

Validated

Distribute a free app that 
does not sell in-app items

x

x

x

 

Ø

x

x

n/a

n/a

Distribute a free app that 
does sell in-app items

x

Ø

x

 

x

x

x

x

x

Distribute a paid app that 
does not sell in-app items

x

Ø

x

 

Ø

x

x

n/a

n/a

Distribute a paid app that does sell in-app items

x

Ø

x

 

x

x

x

x

x

 

x – Can do      Ø – Cannot do

 

x – Required        Ø – Not required      n/a – Not applicable

 

App Availability, Purchase, and Download

  • Free and paid apps are available to users:
    • With devices that are compatible with the registered app binary files
    • In distribution countries specified in app registration.
  • For a Galaxy Apps store user to purchase and download a paid Android app:
    • The user must have a Samsung account.
    • The user's device must be a Samsung device that has the following installed on it:
      • Samsung Galaxy Apps Client
      • Samsung Billing Client
      • Samsung Account Client
  • For paid apps, the user pays either:
    • The country-specific price at the time of the transaction.
      or
    • The country minimum price, when the country-specific price is below the country minimum price at the time of the transaction.

For more app pricing details, see Service Application Pricing

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