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Samsung releases SDK for its TouchWiz phones

Samsung announces the availability of its Mobile Widget SDK so developers can create new widgets for the company's TouchWiz phones.

Samsung Jet
TouchWiz 2.0 running on the Samsung Jet
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On Monday, Samsung released its Mobile Widget SDK, giving developers the opportunity to create new widgets for the company's various TouchWiz phones, such as the upcoming Samsung Omnia II for Verizon Wireless.

The SDK is built on the Eclipse platform and includes developer tools for various platforms, such as Windows Mobile, Symbian, and Java, education resources, and guidelines on application distribution and marketing. Developers will also have 24-7 access to Samsung's Virtual Device Lab, where they can remotely test their applications on all current Samsung phones.

Once developers have finished their widgets, they'll be given the opportunity to pitch them to Samsung for consideration to be included on the company's devices as well as other channels, such as Samsung's own app store and the Samsung Widget Gallery.

The Mobile Widget SDK is available now from theSamsung Mobile Innovator site. In addition to the SDK, Samsung announced that it will host a Widget Developer Camp on September 11 through September 13 in San Francisco. More information and entry applications can be found here.