Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Google Android Top 50 is all about LBS apps

Google ambitious project Android is moving in the right direction with developers thronging for the cash cow. Android announced the Top 50 applications that have been shortlisted. Iam happy to see lot of LBS based applications making a splash. I have a mixed feeling about the list. I wonder what was the criteria in selecting the Top 50 apps. Out of 1788 entries, 50 were the choosen. This must have been a humongous task. I was bit surprised not to see any MVoIP/SMS/MMS based applications. Maybe, the frings and mig33’s have not inspired the developers. So each of these selected 50 applicant shall receive 25,000 thousand dollars to build the apps on android platform. I guess more than the money is the recognition of the idea.

Looking at the list of apps, LBS apps are just ruling the roost here. The list has atleast 7-8 application built on top of GPS. This is one of the hot arena to be in. I have written lot of articles in the past talking about advantages of LBS apps. Iam glad to see so many apps in this category. Some interesting ones in this category

Breadcrumbz allows users to navigate and record a route using images instead of a map. I guess they are building a community with geotagging content sharing.

Pocket Journey is a mobile application that connects your location to the voices of a global community of artists, historians, architects, musician, comedians, and others so you can quickly know everything about anywhere.

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.

Commandro is a Geo-centered social networking and inter- and intra-contact communication application. Uses GPS to display true real-life event and location information with regards to your and your friends.

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.

PedNav is a location based personal assistant.

Other apps that caught my attention are -
Android Scan -- Use your phone to scan a barcode, get pricing information from dozens of stores, product reviews and more. Never make a bad purchase again!
Splash Play-- 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.
Em-Radar is a revolutionary mobile product that alerts you about emergencies and severe weather anywhere, any time.
Phonebook 2.0–- Looks like some kind of address book aggregator with syncing support. More like zyb?
SocialMonster-- The name says it all. Must be something to do with Web 2.0.
TuneWiki-- Our goal is to have the lyrics always on, always available, always synchronized to music - on any device that can play music back and connect to the internet.

Here is the complete list:
• AndroidScan - Jeffrey Sharkey
• Beetaun - Sergey Gritsyuk and Dmitri Shipilov
• BioWallet - Jose Luis Huertas Fernandez
• BreadCrumbz - Amos Yoffe
• CallACab - Konrad Huebner and Henning Boeger
• City Slikkers - PoroCity Media and Virtual Logic Systems
• Commandro - Alex Pisarev, Andrey Tapekha
• Cooking Capsules - Mary Ann Cotter and Muthuselvam Ramadoss
• Diggin - Daniel Johansson, Aramis Waernbaum, Andreas Hedin
• Dyno - Virachat Boondharigaputra
• e-ventr - Michael Zitzelsberger
• Eco2go - Taneem Talukdar, Gary Pong, Jeff Kao and Robert Lam
• Em-Radar - Jack Kwok
• fingerprint - Robert Mickle
• FreeFamilyWatch - Navee Technologies LLC
• goCart - Rylan Barnes
• GolfPlay - Inizziativa Networks
• gWalk - Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus ten Hagen, Christian Klinger, Marko Modsching, Rene Scholze
• HandWx - Weathertop Consulting LLC
• IMEasy - Yan Shi
• Jigsaw - Mikhail Ksenzov
• JOYity - Zelfi AG
• LifeAware - Gregory Moore, Aaron L. Obrien, Jawad Akhtar
• Locale - Clare Bayley, Christina Wright, Jasper Lin, Carter Jernigan
• LReady Emergency Manager - Chris Hulls, Dilpreet Singh, Luis Carvalho, Phuong Nguyen
• Marvin - Pontier Laurent
• Mobeedo - Sengaro GmbH
• Multiple Facets Instant Messenger - Virgil Dobjanschi
• MyCloset - Mamoru Tokashiki
• PedNav - RouteMe2 Technologies Inc.
• Phonebook 2.0 - Voxmobili
• PicSay - Eric Wijngaard
• PiggyBack - Christophe Petit and Sebastien Petit
• Pocket Journey - Anthony Stevens and Rosie Pongracz
• Rayfarla - Stephen Oldmeadow
• Safety Net - Michael DeJadon
• SocialMonster - Ben Siu-Lung Hui and Tommy Ng
• SplashPlay
• Sustain- Keeping Your Social Network Alive - Niraj Swami
• SynchroSpot - Shaun Terry
• Talkplay - Sung Suh Park
• Teradesk - José Augusto Athayde Ferrarini
• The Weather Channel for Android - The Weather Channel Interactive Inc.
• TuneWiki - TuneWiki Inc.
• Wikitude-the Mobile Travel Guide - Philipp Breuss
• Writing Pad - ShapeWriter Inc

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow!. Cool list. When would we get to download them?