You could win a Note 3 and Galaxy Gear, a Galaxy S4, or some kickin' earbuds (plus accessories!) 

Earlier, we told you about Pen.UP — Samsung's new artists social network. It's a great idea and a very nicely done app, and anyone who enjoys making or viewing modern digital art (and has a supported Samsung device) should really take a look. I'm hooked, and can see a lot of time spent scrolling through all the great stuff people have made.

If you're the type who likes to create as well as look, Samsung and AC have a great contest (U.S. only) for you. We want to see your drawings, and as a little incentive to get Pen.UP off the ground Samsung has three very nice prizes to give away.

  • First Prize: A Galaxy Note 3 (on your carrier), an S-View Flip Cover, and a Galaxy Gear
  • Second Prize: A Galaxy S4 (on your carrier) and an S-View Flip Cover
  • Third Prize: A Massive Sound ESH70 wired stereo headset and a Flip Cover for your current Samsung Phone

That's a pretty great set of prizes! And winning them will be fun. Hit the break and pay close attention, as we explain how to enter.


Install, and sign up for Pen.UP (Google Play link) on your supported Samsung device. That would be the Note 2, the Note 3, the Note 8 and the Note 10.1; as well as the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4. Once you have your user account all set hashtagup, create and share some drawings. There is no limit of how many you can share, but remember that nobody likes a spammer. Anything you share that you want to be a contest entry needs to have the hashtag #ACcontest in the description. We'll use that as a filter to pick the winners.

You're not quite done, because we need a way to contact the winners. After you've entered, send an email to, with the subject "PenUP" and tell us your Pen.UP user name. Use a good email address, because this is how I'll contact the winners. 

We'll pick the three winners, find their email address in our inbox, and contact you to set you up with your prizes. Got it? Great. If not sing out in the comments and I'll try to make sure everyone can get entered.

Next Sunday, we'll pick the three winners and show off their entries here on the blog. We'll also get you in touch with Samsung to get your prizes shipped out.

Pen.UP fun

There are 55 comments

pyroguysf says:

I have to own a modern Samsung device to win a modern Samsung device? Lame.

It makes perfect sense... not.

paulmike3 says:

Came here to say that. I guess they're not trying to get people to switch TO Samsung devices? Lame.

schnoid says:

yup, was gonna say the same thing. What a ridiculous contest.

Indeed. Lame.

_X_ says:

Not really. It makes sense. This is a Samsung sponsored contest designed to promote a Samsung app that takes promotes the advantage of the spen hardware.

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zippox180 says:

Galaxy s3 is saying not compatible? Is it only note devices? The article mentioned the s3 and s4.

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Installed from Google Play and running fine on My S3

jrsharp70 says:

Not compatible with note 8.0

There's an apk on xda. Tried to post it, but android central says I was spamming and deleted my comments.

NoNexus says:

Runs fine on the husbands sgs3

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Where the winners from the last "Doodle contest" ever announced?

Wish I could enter this one! Oh well.


I've been wondering the same thing. What gives AC?

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What is this "aha"?



It's a weak attempt at trolling, lol.

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Jonneh says:

You sure that wasn't more like a weak attempt at spamming?

Ryan Oneill says:

Iv entered I hope it doesn't go on talent alone aha great comp

I'm trying to find out why I can DL and install from Google Play, but others can't. In the meantime, someone has already posted the apk in the GS3 forums

You need a Samsung account, so I reckon it's fair game.

Ryan Oneill says:

I had to download it from Samsung Apps as couldn't access on Play so maybe worth while trying there first

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tannerrblake says:

Using my first gen Note 10.1 and says it's not compatible.

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Best ever guys.... love you;-)

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LB LB says:

Important note: the app cannot be installed on some countries. maybe just the US.

Ryan Oneill says:

I'm UK and have it Samsung Apps has it available but Play doesnt

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jrsharp70 says:

Does it have to be 100% original, or can I import a photo and draw on it and stylize it creatively in S Note?

Drakal YVaik says:

Is editing drawing? No? Then no

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Ryan Oneill says:

When did the US only bit get added that sucks, certainly wasn't there when I submitted earlier

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I thought it was only me...

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Most certainly was. I did tentatively cross out tablet support until I get some answers, but this is a US only contest.

Ryan Oneill says:

My mistake then still sucks tho seems all the big players only cater for the US when it comes to the awesome prizes

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Ok I am sorry I just guess that I got over excited about the contest and the chance of winning something cool and missed the most important part...I am sorry...nice thing you are doing though

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Why only US ?

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Drakal YVaik says:

Proooobably because all the prizes are there and international shipping on electronic devices can become a mess?

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I have a GN10.1 & GS3 ... app is saying not compatible with either of my devices.. waiting and refreshing page.. should change soon?

natehoch96 says:

Can I just add the #ACcontest to an existing artwork I have on Pen.UP? In other words, does it matter if the post is from a month ago as opposed to today?

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Phil Nolan says:

What a frustrating contest. The entire reason I want a Note is because I don't have Pen Up or similar tools on my phone.

The irony of needing to download the APK to use PenUp on my Galaxy Note 8, which *does* support an SPen, while my S3 (no SPen input) should be compatible, has not escaped me. That said, my first entry is posted. *hope* *hope* *hope*

ajm135 says:

this would be fun if everyone actually had a chance. look i understand international restrictions and all. Thats not android centrals fault i get that. But you can only win an amazing new samsung device if youve already dished cash for an amazing newer samsung device with the exception of the s3 and maybe the GN 2 which is pushing it. Im guessing these are samsungs rules as well cause that just seems asinine to me. Or in simpler terms... stupid.

rob_ashsu says:

awesome! another contest i have no shot of winning!

Duncan1982 says:

^^^^^^This it really doesnt take a genius to fathom that yes in order to win The Note 3 you need a Note 3 or the S3 if you can get it to work or the Note 2 being the exemptions.

However you are getting the gear and flip cover and if the winner already has the Note 3 it can always be sold therefor having some cash instead to perhaps buy the Nexus 5 that many seem to be hyping up lol

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tdizzel says:

I like this contest. I can't enter it, and its for prizes I don't want. Cool.

TLB69 says:

I can't draw but you can rock my Note 3 so we can win.

Sent from my Note 3 rockin Jelly Bean 4.3

NGagen says:

Can't enter because I have a Note 10.1 2014 Edition :-\ That doesn't make much sense.

Mario Gjyli says:

Anyone on a non compatible device, here is the link to the APK:
Working fine on my 10.1, and good luck

As for the contest, when is the deadline for it? the same day as the announcement of the winner ?

DataHawg says:

I'll say something positive too. There's some great artists posting drawings in the Penup app. Even if you're like me and have no artistic ability at all, go check out Penup if you can

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azsdfsd says:

Damn and USA only? Pen.up for some reason is suddenly unavailable in my country when I had it on my note 2 before I exchanged it for the note 3 grrrrr

dharmik28 says:

Thete is appliances canada in hashtag AC contest hahah

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alexjarvis says:

I have a GS3 (SGH-T999) and live in the US but the playstore said it was incompatible. I then downloaded the apk and sideloaded it. Now it won't let me sign up. Saying I need a Samsung account, I have one, but it gives me no option to login to it.

E.J.Su says:

Do we have a deadline of this contest? and when will the winner be announced?

cloud12077 says:

I sure hope you are not judging based on artistic ability... I have never used the S pen until today for this contest....

jrsharp70 says:

I can't find any of the contest entries searching for the #accontest hashtag. Is there any way to actually know that we've entered?

lickitfoo says:

Try doing it without the #. There are a bunch of entries

jrsharp70 says:

Holy crap. If they select winners based on skill, I'm screwed. Most of those are amazing.

Mario Gjyli says:

>.> Yea if you are an artist, this is the place to go to get your confidence sunk, ever since I joined last week I have been doubting my own skill, and comparing my stuff to everyone elses, even though everyone has a different style. And since you are rated by a "favorite" button, i keep seeing all those other artists with like 100+ likes while i only have like 20-50, it makes me feel like im not good enough.

lickitfoo says:

psh...mine only has 1 like, I'd be happy with 20-50. I'm hoping I can win based on originality...

lickitfoo says:

Any idea when they're supposed to post the winners?