Samsung Announces its Free the TV Challenge Finalists

Posted Fri Jan 6, 2012 at 09:00 AM PST by Dick Ward

The second in the series of contests for app developers comes to a close at CES with three interesting applications competing for top honors.

Samsung knows that it isn't the hardware or the operating system that determines the success of a platform - it's the software. To spur on developers for Samsung's smart TVs the company launched a contest that rewards $100,000 to the best app. They were pretty happy with how it turned out in 2010 and the 2011 crop looks even better.

Three apps are competing for the top spot, the most practical of which is a music app called FRESHQ. Using a smartphone, tablet or the TV itself, you can stream music from your favorite artists and follow their various social media outlets at the same time.

Let's Play Stop is a game that pits players against each other with a goal of coming up with unique word corresponding to a particular letter. There are five different categories to keep things varied.

Party Shots is an interesting one that's definitely a niche app. Simply download Party Shots to your smartphone and take photos. Those pictures will then be put onto your TV as a part of a slide show. It may not be great for everyone's party but we could definitely see this one taking off in clubs and other commercial settings.

Source: Samsung

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Tags: FRESHQ, Let's Play Stop, Party Shots, Smart TVs, Free the TV, Samsung (all tags)