Samsung will soon open up the App Store to developers, opening up an entire ecosystem of apps and services for Android devices.
The Korean company will release a “major” version of its own apps for Android phones, allowing developers to tap into its deep catalog of popular services.
“Today, there are more than 30 million apps available for Android smartphones.
Samsung is building a complete ecosystem of mobile applications and services, which is currently limited to only Samsung apps,” Samsung said in a statement.
Samsung has already opened up the Android Market, allowing Android apps and games to be downloaded and installed.
The app store also lets developers distribute content to their own Android devices using the Samsung Web Framework.
Samsung said that the app store will be available to all Samsung smartphones for free in early 2019.
Samsung will also launch its own Android app marketplace for developers.
It is expected that Samsung will open up a similar market for the Apple App Store in the near future.
Samsung and Apple are two of the largest smartphone manufacturers in the world, with Apple having sold over 70 million iPhones and iPads in 2017 alone.
Samsung’s App Store will not be able to compete directly with the iOS App Store, as it will need to build up a substantial user base in order to offer the same level of functionality.
Samsung announced in February that it had sold more than 40 million Android smartphones since its launch in 2014, making it the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer.