Last time when we talked about the Smart App Challenge about Samsung Chord, I mentioned that every participant must utilize the Samsung Chord SDK in their apps to qualify for the competition. But I didn’t talk about the Chord much as it takes more than few sentences to talk about this great new innovation that Samsung has introduced. However, some critiques say it to be just an upgraded version of the Samsung AllShare Framework, except it can connect multiple devices at the same time.
Here are some key features of the Samsung Chord
- Easy, fast and reliable connection between device.
- Real-time experiences between multiple devices.
- Messaging to nearby devices
- Data transfer between devices
- Decentralized Connection- Devices can connect/disconnect from the network at any time.
With the above features in mind I feel like Chord having a great future in Gaming and Media.
Know more about Samsung Chord
Samsung Chord SDK has the tagline – “Collaborate, play and interact with others”. As the Tagline suggests, the Chord is exactly all about connecting and sharing.
The Samsung Chord SDK allows App developers to develop apps that share information between local devices and the best part is that he/she need not to build the Networking core from scratch. So, the simple fact is that developers can develop networking apps without having any prior knowledge of networking.
The Chord enables real-time sharing of data, that too without involving Cloud. Users are able to connect with peers without much manual stuff over a UDP broadcast based discovery and then a reliable TCP-based local communication network. Now, its all up to the developer’s creativity how he/she wants to use this network, for gaming, texting, media or maybe something even more interesting.
The devices that connect and leave the network do not require to send a pop-up box on the screen every time. Instead they can just connect/disconnect with other devices just like they do with a free Wi-Fi network. This implies that most of the complex stuff is handled internally whereas all the security and encryption responsibilities are left for the developers.
“I assume Samsung is up to making Chord the future of data sharing and taking over Bluetooth. Who knows? Only time will tell”
Getting Started with Samsung Chord
Okay, enough talking about the capabilities of Chord, now lets get started with the Chord SDK.
Chord is supported by Android 4.0 ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich), API level 14 and above.
Fortunately, Samsung has provided some great writings in PDF format that can help any Android developer to get started.
Hey, are you getting your mind flooded with ideas of the next ground breaking app that can dazzle the smartphone world?
So just Go to the Samsung Developer Portal and download all the Tools and Documents they have provided to help.
Download the Android SDK (Eclipse included)
I recommend Every Android Developer, in fact any geek who wishes to progress in the world of coding to get an Account on XDA-Developers.