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ADC finalists gets early access to SDKs

Google notified the top 50 teams from the Android Developers Challenge to explain some of the details of Phase II of the ADC. Google is going to be using these top 50 teams as beta testers for new SDK snapshots. NDA prohibits testers from leaking new features or screen shots of any sorts.
Google has sent out emails to the top 50 applications from the Android Developers Challenge explaining some of the details of Phase II of the ADC. It appears that Google is going to be using these top 50 teams as a testers for new SDK snapshots. The only catch is that the developers must agree to a 'NDA' type of agreement forbidding screenshots or descriptions of new features: As a Round 2 participant, we'll be providing you with the most up-to-date Android SDK so that you can take advantage of the latest tools & platform capabilities that will be shipping in devices later this year. These early access SDKs have many enhancements, additional features, and bug fixes. However, these SDKs have not had the same level of testing as public SDKs, so there are bugs; these releases are definitely "bleeding edge." As we continue to update the platform, you'll receive periodic drops of updated early access SDKs. We'll do our best to give you a rough timeline on when these early access SDKs will be available so that you can better plan your development schedule. Approximately 3 weeks before the submission deadline, we will provide a final early access SDK. You will need to submit your entry using this version of the SDK. Since these early access SDKs are not ready for the public, you need to execute a special SDK license. This is the same SDK license that governs the public SDK with the addition of a confidentiality clause. We've attached the SDK license document to this email.
Google's logic for not releasing the latest and greatest version of the Android SDK to the public is because of the instability and bugs.  Google pushed the deadline back to July 28th since the teams will be working with the new versions of SDKs.  General release of the new SDK will be made available some months down the road. [thanks for the tip Jason C.]

Android Developer Challenge Part 1, Round 1 announced

Congratulations to the Round 1 winners of the Android Developer Challenge. Out of the 50 winners, only 46 are listed because the other 4 declined to disclose their project. Given the publicity this list gives, it sure is silly to do such a thing!
  • AndroidScan - Scan is an Android application that finds pricing and metadata for anything with a barcode
  • Beetaun - Beetaun is a social network around geographical content created by people and for people (from your neighborhood, from your city, from your country, from all over the world).
  • BioWallet - A biometric authentication system for Android, featuring IRIS recognition and can act as a password safe and provide single sign-on for other Android apps.
  • BreadCrumbz -BreadCrumbz is a different kind of navigation application. Navigate your route using pictures instead of a map (there's also a map, if you like). Easily record routes using your smartphone. Share them with your friends, share them with the world.
  • CallACab - Enables calling a cab to any location worldwide in a simpleway
  • City Slikkers - City Slikkers is a Pervasive Game (alternatively Location Based Game) which takes place in the real-existing city. It is designed to connect a large number of players through-out the world and change the way the surroundings are seen.
  • Commandro - Geo-centered social networking and inter - and intra-contact communication application unleashing power of Android platform. It brings together the concept of person, time and place. Revolutionizes and promotes real life communication and collaboration. It's a multipurpose tool to be used both for fun and serious stuff. It's also a multiple way to augument reality in a truly P2P fashion.
  • Cooking Capsules -SCooking Capsules is the first smartphone utility of its kind. Cooking Capsules are for anyone who wants to simplify the process of cooking.
  • Diggin - A new and exciting way to explore, manage & personalize your music collection
  • Dyno - Evaluate automobile performance on the road
  • e-ventr - Personal mobile event manager and friendship finder
  • Eco2go - Eco2go is a mobile application that allows you to track and reduce your carbon footprint and share ideas and inspire others from around the world to do the same from around the world.
  • Em-Radar - Em-Radar is a revolutionary mobile product that alerts you about emergencies and severe weather with always-on 24 hours a day emergency monitoring.
  • Fingerprint- Fingerprint is a collaboration painting application. Draw by yourself, or together with friends – anywhere in the world.
  • FreeFamilyWatch - Helps protect families from potential danger
  • goCart - The perfect marriage of online shopping and window shopping.
  • GolfPlay - GolfPlay has been created as an answer to the high demand existing amongst golf lovers for reliable, accurate and free software. Its objective is to give support to all the real time necessities of a golf player during a game, using GPS location and an online querying site where it is possible to access to their game statistics, tournament creation and a social network to exchange impressions with other users about the sport that links them: golf.
  • gWalk - Enables tourists to discover a destination individually using context sensitive information
  • HandWx - HandWx is an Android application that will deliver "follow me" 7-day pinpoint weather forecasts and high resolution radar to your phone.
  • IMEasy - Instant Messaging applciation aimed at serving a new mobility communication pattern among friends.
  • Jigsaw -Enables users to capture, process and share whiteboard data.
  • JOYity - PlaForm for interactive and loca5on based multiple games
  • LifeAware -LifeAware mobile platform provides services that combine the convenience of your mobile phone with the power of the web.
  • Locale - Locale is one of 7 Android applications submitted by MIT students. Locale lets you set up location and time-based profiles for your Android phone, so you can set it to quiet mode when you’re at work or spending time with the family. You can forward calls to your landline when you’re at home.
  • LReady Emergency Manager - Your family’s emergency preparedness and communica5ons tool
  • Marvin - Marvin allows you to publish and browse geo-localized objects around you. Objects can be static or move by themselves and follow you. You publish and browse where you are, based on your current location or where you virtually are on the map. By Pontier Laurent.
  • Mobeedo - Mobile Search. "The open multi-purpose information system for the mobile age."
  • Multiple Facets Instant Messenger - Multimedia enabled, locations aware XMPP IM
  • MyCloset - Manage and plan your fashion items
  • PedNav - edNav™ is an application that helps you plan your activities efficiently when moving around and interacting with an urban environment.
  • PhoneBook 2.0 - A contextual phonebook integrated with presence & messaging enabling social interaction from one place.
  • PicSay - Image editor that enables quick personalization & sharing.
  • PiggyBack - Dynamic ride‐sharing
  • Pocket Journey - Application connects your location to the voices of a global community of artists, historians, architects, musician, comedians, and others. Letting you know just about anything, anywhere.
  • Rayfarla - Rayfarla turns your phone into a musical instrument as well as providing a variety of mini games that are music related.
  • Safety Net - Automated alert system that signals an alarm with a single press of a button
  • SocialMonster - Innovation ad‐hoc social event planning tool.
  • SplashPlay - SplashPlay offers the next generation in musical tuition and learning to play the guitar just got a whole lot easier. Simply attach the pod and light panel to your guitar and start strumming to your favourite songs in minutes.
  • Sustain- Intelligently listen and react to a fluid social network
  • SynchroSpot - Location based personal reminders and loca5on based ads
  • Talkplay - Video and voice based messaging system
  • Teradesk - File virtualization software platform for online file storage, collaboration and remote access
  • The Weather Channel for Android - The Weather Channel Interactive Inc.
  • TuneWiki - Allows you to always have your lyrics on, making them always available, always synchronized to music - on any android powered devices that can play music back and connect to the internet
  • Wikitude-the Mobile Travel Guide - Wikitude find points of interest based on your current location.
  • Writing Pad - ShapeWriter is an innovative, original, fun, and highly efficient method of entering text into touch screen mobile phones. ShapeWriter lets the user to simply draw a continuous stroke from letter to letter on a soft keyboard and lift to complete the word. The resulting trace is recognized as the intended word. For example: to write the word "fun", land the pen (or mouse cursor) on the F key, drag to the U key, continue to the N key and lift up the pen. ShapeWriter recognizes the curso trace F-U-N as the word "fun".
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    Quake running on Qualcomm Android prototype handset

    Qualcomm have demonstrated an Android prototype cellphone capable of playing Quake, and PHONE Magazine have the video of it in action! The device, which uses Qualcomm's 3D hardware graphics acceleration to give 30fps VGA gaming, is intended to demonstrate the potential for gaming and GUI design on the Android platform.

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