Monkey Write

The Samsung Galaxy Note S Pen App Challenge of which our very own Phil Nickinson was a judge, has now concluded, and the winners have been announced. The grand prize winner has scored $100,000 with second place pulling in $50,00 and third taking home $20,000. The goal was to create apps that make use of the Samsung Galaxy Note's S Pen in unique ways and according to Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile the results exceeded expectations both in terms of quantity and quality. So who won? Check out the list below:

  • Best Overall App – Grand Prize - $100,000 “Monkey Write * Learn Chinese” by Chiu-ki Chan (Square Island LLC): Learn to write Chinese with Monkey Write – a game that makes it fun to learn. Chinese characters are written in a specific order to give them structure. Follow the stroke numbers to learn to write each character.
  • Best Overall App – Second Prize - $50,000 “Maze Racer” by Roger Peters (SmartyPantsGaming) and David McCanless: Maze Racer is a simple maze inspired game where you draw a line from start to finish. In Maze Racer, you get rewarded stars based on how quickly you reach the finish. Maze Racer is optimized for precision from the S-Pen over traditional finger input.
  • Best Overall App – Third Prize - $25,000 “Drawing Pad” by Christopher Lott and Daren Murtha (Murtha Design): Drawing Pad is a mobile art studio with a beautiful user interface that puts the fun into creating art. Drawing Pad provides amazing realistic textured brushes with the pressure sensitivity data of the S Pen.
  • Popular Choice - $2,000 and a Galaxy Note - “SignDoc Mobile” by Softpro North America: Professionally capture user handwritten signature using pressure sensitivity of the S Pen

In addition to the top three winners and the popular choice award, Samsung also opened up a segment for honorable mentions where the winners took home $2,000 and a brand new Samsung Galaxy Note. Congrats to winners! You can check out the full press release beyond the break.

Samsung Mobile’s Developer Challenge Brings New Apps to Galaxy Note Users
 
Samsung awards Grand Prize to “Monkey Write * Learn Chinese” educational app optimized for the Galaxy Note’s S Pen
 
DALLAS – April 23, 2012 - Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States1, announced the winners of the Samsung Galaxy Note™ S Pen™ App Challenge.
 
“The goal of the Challenge was to tap the S Pen’s unlimited potential for content creation engagement with the ingenuity of the Android app developer community,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile. “The results exceeded our expectations, both in terms of quantity and quality. This challenge is just one example of our constant expansion of the S Pen integrated apps ecosystem.”
 
Entries were judged by a five-member panel of representatives from AndroidCentral.com, AT&T, BlueRun Ventures, Gameloft and Samsung Mobile. The judges evaluated the apps based on the quality of the idea, S Pen integration and overall user experience.  The challenge included a “Popular Choice” category, which invited the public to vote on submissions online.
 
The winning submissions include:

  • Best Overall App – Grand Prize - $100,000 “Monkey Write * Learn Chinese” by Chiu-ki Chan (Square Island LLC): Learn to write Chinese with Monkey Write – a game that makes it fun to learn. Chinese characters are written in a specific order to give them structure. Follow the stroke numbers to learn to write each character.
  • Best Overall App – Second Prize - $50,000 “Maze Racer” by Roger Peters (SmartyPantsGaming) and David McCanless: Maze Racer is a simple maze inspired game where you draw a line from start to finish. In Maze Racer, you get rewarded stars based on how quickly you reach the finish. Maze Racer is optimized for precision from the S-Pen over traditional finger input.
  • Best Overall App – Third Prize - $25,000 “Drawing Pad” by Christopher Lott and Daren Murtha (Murtha Design): Drawing Pad is a mobile art studio with a beautiful user interface that puts the fun into creating art. Drawing Pad provides amazing realistic textured brushes with the pressure sensitivity data of the S Pen.
  • Popular Choice - $2,000 and a Galaxy Note - “SignDoc Mobile” by Softpro North America: Professionally capture user handwritten signature using pressure sensitivity of the S Pen

Honorable Mention - $2,000 and a Galaxy Note

  • Games – “Speed Draw” by Ferdouse Khaleque and Kabir Khaleque
  • Productivity – “Papyrus” by Andrew Hughes (Steadfast Innovation)
  • Media – “FlipaClip” by Visual Blasters team members Jonathan Meson and Tim Meson
  • Sports – “Playcall” by Sargon Benjamin
  • Entertainment – “Colors! For Galaxy Note” by Jens Andersson (Collecting Smiles)
  • Travel – “Map Note” by Base 2 Applications, LLC
  • Social – “Authorgraph” by Evan Jacobs (To the Reader, Inc)
  • Lifestyle – “Makeup Paint” Modiface Inc.
  • Education – “iAnatomy” by Anouk Stein, M.D.
  • Other – “bConnected @ Ball State for Galaxy Note” by Ball State University team members Kyle Parker, Valerie Morris, Ryan Bitzegaio, Brandon Smith, Ian Gibson and Brice Brenneman

Developers used the Samsung S Pen SDK to integrate S Pen functionality. Winners, app entries and more information on the Challenge can be found at http://galaxynotespenchallenge.com/. More information on the Samsung Galaxy Note, an all-in-one device that allows users to communicate in a unique, personal way, can be found at http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/cell-phones/SGH-I717ZBAATT.
 
About Samsung Telecommunications America

Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsungwireless.com.
 
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2010 consolidated sales of US$135.8 billion. Employing approximately 190,500 people in 206 offices across 68 countries, the company operates two separate organizations to coordinate its nine independent business units: Digital Media & Communications, comprising Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, and Digital Imaging; and Device Solutions, consisting of Memory, System LSI and LCD. Recognized for its industry-leading performance across a range of economic, environmental and social criteria, Samsung Electronics was named the world’s most sustainable technology company in the 2011 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

 
There are 8 comments

Does anyone know if there is some kind of exclusivity deal with At&t and the G-Note? I assume there is, but for how long? Verizon is the only carrier with 4G in my city and I am waiting to see if they get this phone Smh.. Sprint data speeds are HORRIBLE. Stuck with them for now.

meethere says:

from where can we download these apps?

HAAS599 says:

I have a feeling Phil was picked as a judge just to guarantee a post like this.

Derfel64 says:

Most of the apps are at Google Play if I remember. Btw, I think Papyrus should have won...if you have a Note you should definitely check it out.

You can see all the apps at http://GalaxyNoteSPenChallenge.com. Most submissions have a direct link to download the app on Google Play.

Congrats to the winners! I wonder if the Galaxy Note is worth buying at this time. There are already some ICS ROMs available and you can get the phone for ~$500 on ebay...

Nit3m4re says:

Wait for this Samsung event to pass and it might be even cheaper after. Probably not much though seeing as the Note is kind of in its own market as opposed to the S2 and Nexus. No harm in waiting though :)

Funkpod says:

this is really cool of samsung to do! they benefit, but so do all these app developers! and most of all, the community!