Samsung has introduced its own Galaxy Apps store for Galaxy devices like S5 and S5 mini in a move to bring in revenue by competing with Google’s Play Store with hundreds of ‘handcrafted’ apps.
The new app store will have a total of 500 selected apps, out of which 300 are international apps and 200 are targeted towards Indian users. The app store will have four categories in the app section namely Galaxy Gifts, Galaxy Essentials, Galaxy Specials and apps for professionals. Galaxy Gifts is exclusive for galaxy owners while Galaxy Essentials recommends apps for Galaxy devices.
Samsung said in a statement:
“An improvement over its predecessor Samsung apps, the new app store features apps that will allow greater customization of mobile devices and will also function as a platform to offer various promotions and discounts.”
The new Galaxy Apps store will carry a new logo and graphics with greater clarity for providing a smooth experience to users of galaxy devices. Samsung has also attracted developers by allowing them to upload an app to the Galaxy Apps store after certification in three and half days.
Samsung’s Galaxy Apps store currently comprises of 200 apps for users and stated that the users can pay through the mobile and download apps through the “For Galaxy” section on the app store. The Galaxy Apps will be launched in 161 countries in a phased manner and will be accessible to 130 million users.
Samsung had earlier chosen to include Tizen OS in its Samsung Gear 2 instead of Android OS and the latest move suggests that the company is seeking to compete with Google’s Play Store and generate revenue.