Android 3rd Party Applications

EA Mobile to bring games to Android

It appears the demand for top of the line mobile games is going to be huge with Android. From the demand for new cutting edge games, to the desire to have emulators that play retro games. A lot of open source fans are also avid gamers. It comes as no surprise that Glu Mobile and Namco Networks have announced their first Android games already. Due to the fact that Android Market will initially have free applications, Bonsai Blast and Pac-Man will be given away for free. EA has not yet jumped into the Android Market with their larger games because the level of design put into each game make them easy candidates for a higher price. "EA will support the Android platform, as any platform that can deliver a robust game experience is good for introducing new consumers to mobile games," "EA Mobile has elected to wait for the launch of a content billing solution to bring their premier IP to market." It looks like Android owners will have to wait for The Sims, FIFA or Spore Origins until EA can charge for them. However with the phrase 'premier IP' hints that the publisher might release a few free games for G1 owners until Android Market allows for paid content. It is possible to see a light version of Soduku or Solitaire. [Via Pocketgamer]

Android gets Visa Mobile Payment-Related Services

Visa has announced plans to make a mobile payment-related application primarily for use on Android. The service is targeted to be broadly available to the United States by the end of the year, initially available to Chase Visa cardholders. The first set of services for Chase Visa card holders will be to receive notifications on their phone about any account activity they have; get offers from a wide array of merchants; and use GPS to quickly map nearby merchants where they can redeem Visa offers and locate ATMs that accept Visa. Visa is working to eventually bring the payment-related services to all Visa card holders. Visa also plans to eventually create a way for people holding Visa accounts to make mobile payments in retail locations nationwide, or while on the go, over wireless networks.
"By developing these mobile services for the Android platform, Visa has taken a major step toward achieving our goal of combining two of the world's most powerful and ubiquitous consumer innovations, electronic payments and mobile technology," said Elizabeth Buse, Global Head of Product at Visa Inc. "Through this effort, U.S. consumers will, for the first time, be able to download Visa mobile service applications directly to their handsets. Visa cardholders have come to expect more from their Visa account than just convenience and security of payment, and wireless customers expect their mobile devices to carry a multitude of applications. Extending Visa payments and services to the mobile device is a natural extension, and makes the consumer payment experience more convenient, more secure and more rewarding."
Customers who sign up to a new card would have the option to choose weather they would like to participate in this service or not. Visa plans to work on three key service points to make the customers life easier: Alerts, Offers and Locator. Alerts will give you real time notifications of any account transactions that go through. You can set parameters, such as the size of the transaction, or whether the transaction is in foreign currency. Offers will range from discounts to loyalty offers that could be based on prior purchases. Location is pretty self explanatory, helping you find ATMs that accept Visa.
"We're pleased to extend the value of Visa to the mobile channel," said Buse. "With more than 3 billion mobile devices already in market today, we have an opportunity deliver the convenience and security of Visa to consumers around the globe."
[Via Corperate.Visa.com]

Google Mobilize Keynote Video with Rich Miner

Vincent is at the Mobilize conference in San Francisco today, and Google's Rich Miner took to the stage to discuss not only Android but the change in the mobile industry and the platforms it uses as a whole. As you might imagine, open-access is a common theme; both of platforms, such as Google's own Linux-based offering, and of internet access (the so-called "walled garden" versus "being able to go anywhere you want"). Miner described his key motivation for Android's development as being joining up the dots between different mobile applications. His illustration was Google Maps and integration with a handset's contacts book, and that users should be able to choose an address and automatically see it mapped out. Some of the legacy-free coding that PacketVideo's Joel Espelien talked about recently was also discussed, with Miner suggesting that the Android team had picked "best in class" providers to add their technology. He credits that for the strict timetables and the team's ability to keep to them. Check out the two parts of the video for full details of the half-hour keynote.  You can track more of our coverage of Mobilize over at Phone Magazine. Alternatively, watch the video as it happens at Qik.com/Android.

Congrats to Winners of the Android Developer Challenge I

Google officially announced the winners of Android Developer Challenge.  Out of 50 teams of finalists, 10 teams received a $275,000 award each and 10 teams received a $100,000 award each.  Congratulations to everyone. $275,000 Award Recipients
cab4me Konrad Huebner, Henning Boeger Ever been looking for a cab? cab4me is the answer. Anywhere. Anytime. Read more CompareEverywhere Jeffrey Sharkey Shop smarter using your phone. Compare prices, read reviews, and connect with local stores. Read more Ecorio Jeff Kao, Gary Pong, Robert Lam, Taneem Talukdar Ecorio automatically tracks your mobile carbon footprint, suggests transit and carpooling alternatives and lets you stay carbon neutral by offsetting your trips easily. Read more GoCart Rylan Barnes Scan a product's barcode with your phone's camera and view all the best prices online and at nearby, local stores. Read more Life360 Chris Hulls, Dilpreet Singh, Luis Carvalho, Phuong Nguyen, Steve Potell From major natural disasters to little things like your child wandering away at the mall, there is a lot you might worry about. Life360 can help. Read more Locale Carter Jernigan, Clare Bayley, Jasper Lin, Christina Wright Locale is an advanced settings manager that automatically changes your phone's settings based on conditions, such as location. Read more PicSay Eric Wijngaard Easy to use image editor that enables you to quickly personalize your pictures and share them with friends or photo sites. Read more Softrace Staffan Kjellberg, Thomas Kjellberg Turn your workout into a thrilling race and challenge the world in real time. Read more TuneWiki TuneWiki Inc. TuneWiki Social Media Player, is an advanced player, featuring synchronized lyrics for audio or video, translation, music maps and a social network. Read more Wertago Kelvin Cheung,Teresa Ko, Peter Ree, Robert Sarvis, Douglas Young The mobile application nightlifers have been waiting for. Find the hottest parties in town and connect with friends and others all night long. Read more
$100,000 Award Recipients
BreadCrumbz Amos Yoffe BreadCrumbz offers a unique approach to navigation. What sets it apart is its focus on picture-based navigation and user-created navigation content. Read more Cooking Capsules Mary Ann Cotter, Muthu Ramadoss Inspiration for novices and chefs alike, Cooking Capsules puts a fresh, elegant and portable new way to cook in the palm of your hand. Read more Maverick Virgil Dobjanschi Maverick is a multimedia enabled, Google Talk compatible instant messenger and a Google Blogger publishing tool which runs on the Android Platform. Read more PebbleBox Yin Wang, Tao Jin A location-based information exchange and sharing application, allowing people to collect and distribute various geo-related information through mobile phones. Read more PhoneBook 2.0 Voxmobili PhoneBook 2.0 is a secure, contextual and social address book. Ideally suited for teenagers willing to share their mood and location, it also helps business people to keep their contacts secure and up-to-date. Read more Piggyback Christophe Petit, Sébastien Petit Piggyback is a revolutionary real-time carpooling application for mobile phones that helps you save time and money while reducing your carbon footprint. Read more Pocket Journey Anthony Stevens, Rosie Pongracz Pocket Journey turns your mobile phone into a personal tour guide by connecting you to location-specific multimedia created by a community of the most professional tour guides and storytellers worldwide. Read more Rayfarla Stephen Oldmeadow Have fun with music. Play music based games and make music with your phone using a range of virtual musical instruments. Read more ShareYourBoard Mikhail Ksenzov ShareYourBoard is an Android application for capturing, processing and sharing whiteboard data. Read more Teradesk e-Storage José Augusto Ferrarini Teradeks is an application for Virtual Storage and Remote File Access allowing companies and individuals to keep their files in the cloud, accessible from anywhere. Read more

Finalists

B4E Mr. Che, Mr. Happy C. B4E focuses on information broadcasting and online transactions, creating value for the society and individuals. Read more Beetaun Sergey Gritsyuk, Dmitri Shipilov Beetaun is a social network application for everyone wishing to share and explore interesting and extraordinary places and routes in the city they visit or live in. Read more BioWallet José Luis Huertas Fernández Biometric authentication system and security platform that performs user identification based on something that user is, rather than something that the user knows or owns. Read more City Slikkers PoroCity Media and Virtual Logic Systems City Slikkers is a Pervasive Game which takes place in the real-existing city. It is designed to connect a large number of players through-out the city and lets them organize the city's metaphorical recapture. Read more Commandro Alex Pisarev, Andrey Tapekha Commandro is a universal map-centric application, allowing users to set up and share activities, places, and map-markers with others, set alerts, and send invitations. Read more Diggin Daniel Johansson, Aramis Waernbaum, Andreas Hedin Play your music in style and listen to thousands of streaming radio stations. Personalize your music collection, and your music player as well! Read more Dyno Virachat Boondharigaputra Dyno is an application used to evaluate vehicle performance on the road. Read more e-ventr Michael Zitzelsberger e‐ventr is your personal event organizer and friendship scout for your mobile. Read more Em-Radar Jack Kwok Em-Radar keeps you informed of severe weather and emergencies near your location. Its Em-Beacon feature helps you stay connected to your family and friends in an emergency. Read more Fingerpaint Rob Mickle Fingerpaint is a collaborative drawing application. Draw by yourself, or together with friends – anywhere in the world. Read more FreeFamilyWatch.com Navee Technologies LLC Free location-based services helping family to navigate safety risks in daily living through real-time and risk-preventing measures against crimes, environmental health hazards and distressing emergencies. Read more GolfPlay Inizziativa Networks Provides support to all real time necessities of a golf player during a game. Read more gwalk Klaus ten Hagen, Marko Modsching, Christian Klinger, Rene Scholze Discover a destination individually by a multimedial gWalk tour that is fully based on personal preferences including interests, available time and position. Read more iMap Mobile™ Weathertop Consulting, LLC iMap Mobile™ builds on WDT's iMap Weather™ multimedia weather platform to provide radar images, lightning strikes, conditions and forecasts at your location and locations you choose. Read more IMEasy Yan Shi IMEasy is an IM based application designed particularly for touch screen mobile users. Read more JOYity Zelfi AG JOYity is a platform for next generation mobile entertainment applications and provides a pioneering mixture of real-life adventure games, geocaching and intensive social networking activities. Read more LifeAware Gregory Moore, Aaron O’Brien, Jawad Akhtar Be aware of your surroundings and the location of your friends and family. Take control of your social life. LifeAware™ - Where is Your Life? Read more Marvin Laurent Pontier Publish in private, to your peer network or to the world, geolocalized rich messages. Broadcast personal information feeds on the move using the Marvin Services. Read more mobeedo Sengaro GmbH mobeedo aims to become a comprehensive and uniform system for providing, consuming, and recording all kinds of information relevant in mobile everyday life. Read more MyCloset Mamoru Tokashiki Manages photographs and information about the fashion items you own, and coordinates and records your daily outfits. Read more PedNav RouteMe2 Technologies Inc. PedNav is a location-aware day planner that allows you to create an itinerary and can suggest public transit routes as well as provide walking directions. Read more SafetyNet Michael DeJadon SafetyNet is an automated alert system that combines the concept of social networking along with the latest mobile technologies to help protect our loved ones. Read more ShapeWriter ShapeWriter Inc ShapeWriter is an innovative, easy, fast and fun method of entering text into touch screen mobile phones. One can write an entire word with a single gesture. Read more SocialMonster Tommy Ng, Ben Hui Stay on top of your social life with SocialMonster and start organizing personal events with all your contacts in your handset’s phonebook. Read more SplashPlay Andreas Ipp, Keith Sturch, Friedger Müffke and Ronan Schwarz SplashPlay provides an easier method to learn, create and share music. Quickly learn guitar chords to your favorite songs and share creations with others. Read more Sustain Niraj Swami Sustain is a utility that helps its users naturally and fluidly communicate with their contacts. Read more SynchroSpot Shaun Terry Service featuring location-based personal reminders and geo-specific notes for others. Also provides for the receipt of special, targeted discounts and offers from nearby businesses. Read more The Weather Channel for Android The Weather Channel Interactive Inc. The Weather Channel for Android is a fully customizable weather application catering to both weekend planners and serious weather enthusiasts alike. Read more TokPlay Sung-Suh Park TokPlay provides the opportunity of talking to friends, family and others using video and voice messages, bringing a human touch back to communication. Read more Wikitude Philipp Breuss Wikitude is a mobile travel guide based on location-based Wikipedia content. Points of interest can be viewed in a map, list, or a cam view. Read more

Android Market confirmed; no app checking by Google

Google have confirmed the Android Market download service, and released screenshots and further details on the system that will allow users of Android-based devices to browse and install software while mobile. A beta version of the service will be included on the first commercially available handsets, that will support free apps, with an update allowing for paid software soon after launch.

That update will also include features such as versioning, multiple device profile support and analytics, among other things. Google are taking a more hands-off approach to app distribution than, say, Apple; developers will merely need to register an account, upload their content and publish it, with no validation from Google themselves. A rating system will be used to weed out lesser titles and, presumably, malware.
"Developers will be able to make their content available on an open service hosted by Google that features a feedback and rating system similar to YouTube. We chose the term "market" rather than "store" because we feel that developers should have an open and unobstructed environment to make their content available" Eric Chu, Android Mobile Platform
Google is suggesting that their "expertise in infrastructure, search and relevance" will help users find the most relevant apps. There's no word on whether they plan to take a cut of paid-for apps distributed through the Android Market. However by stepping back from checking and approving each application, although perhaps allowing the developer ecosystem to flourish more freely than that of the iPhone, it's possible that malware and other dangerous apps could more easily find their way onto Android devices. [gallery]

Google Android Application Market

A question came up during the Android Fireside chat regarding Android application distribution system.

"We’ve thought about it. It would be a great benefit to the Android community if there’s a place people can go to safely and securely download their content and have a billing system so that developers can get paid for their effort, and I have nothing to announce today, we’ve thought of it…We wouldn't have done our job if we didn't provide something that helps developers get distribution." –Andy Rubin

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Well there it is folks, if you read between the lines, it sounds as though Google is working on an Android app store for content distribution.

Meet the leads for Android platform

Android Fireside Chat is a Q&A session that is often considered the best part of Google IO, as it gives developers a chance to ask what's on their minds as well as talk to the product engineering teams. Come tell the team what you want, discuss issues and design decisions, and hear the team's thoughts on just about whatever you ask.  In this first, you’ll get to meet the leads for Android platform.

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More videos from the Android Fireside Chat coming soon.

That me - with the best seat in the house!

New AndroidGlobalTime app added to the apps-for-android project

AndroidGlobalTime has been added to the apps-for-android project. It is a 3D world clock open source application developed by an engineer at Google. It's intended to serve as an illustrative of how to use the OpenGL ES APIs in your Android Applications.
Just a quick word on how to use AndroidGlobalTime. When you launch it, you'll see a spinning globe showing day and night regions. Pressing the space bar will overlay an analog clock with the time corresponding to location you're currently examining. The arrow keys allow you to spin the Earth and traverse through different time-zones while the clock is displayed. Pressing the center key in the emulator toggles between a 3D and 2D view of the earth. Pressing the L key will turn the city lights on or off. You can also zoom-out by pressing 2 and zoom-in by pressing 8. - Megha Josh
Enjoy!

Google IO: Android Community will be there – are you going?

Hey everyone - I just got my Google IO registration email this morning.  I'm planning on attending and providing coverage (video and blog) the following sessions in addition to the keynote at 9:30AM on 5/28.  If you're attending, make sure to shoot me an email or post your reply in this thread.  I'm looking forward to meeting all you "android heads" at Google IO!

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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