Samsung is selling more touchscreen devices than any other manufacturer, and thanks to its hot new Galaxy S4, which is now out in the wild, this smartphone avalanche shows no signs of slowing. That’s why the 100% Indie initiative is such a great deal for developers; the Samsung Apps store is in front of millions of gamers who are primed for the best new smartphone titles. They’ve bought the best hardware available, and want the best games to go on it.
And there’s even better news on the horizon. To accompany the launch of the S4 and the gorgeous new Samsung Hub roll out, a paid games store is being made available to US users.
From May 15, developers will be able to introduce paid games and apps to American Samsung smartphone and tablet users, with the new US marketplace going live on the same day for gamers to buy from. This won’t change the way free games are distributed, so that option is still very much on the table if it’s how your model works, but pay-at-source will be available to help you monetize your software across the States.
Although this change primarily benefits US Galaxy device owners, it’s a huge step forward for indie developers around the globe. The US market for games and apps is huge, and the epic popularity of Samsung’s devices opens it up to game and software creators from all regions.