Google announces Round 1 winners of Android Developer Challenge


Google has announced the fifty winners of the Android Developer Challenge Round 1, each of whom wins a $25,000 award to fund further development, and the chance to be put forward for ten $275,000 awards and ten $100,000 awards in round 2.

Winning applications include a number based on the underlying maps functionality, which isn’t surprising given this is one of the core features of Android upon which developers can build, plus GPS-based social networking services (find your friends, for example), a biometric authentication system, instant messaging services, educational software, and online information resources…

Daily Downtime – free games and quizzes for your mobile

A new mobile service has come out of its beta testing period this week – Daily Downtime.

Daily Downtime’s unique in the mobile industry, in that it’s offering you mobile content for free. Yes, FREE! Simply sign up with your mobile number and a few details on its site and it’ll install itself on your phone. Whenever you want to kill a bit of time, simply fire up the app and download that day’s bundle of new content.


Why the iLike Facebook application is worth $287 million

logbook.jpgStill think Facebook applications are just novelty widgets with no intrinsic value? Think again. A developer has just sold on eBay his Logbook application (pictured), which lets people catalogue their music, films and books and make money from Amazon sales.

The winning bid was £2,550, which doesn’t sound like much until you have a look at the application’s page on Facebook, and see it’s only got seven active users. That’s $364 per user, in other words.

Top 5 new Facebook applications: Buffy, Beer Diary, Heat and more…

buffy-facebook.gifYou can’t beat a good Facebook application, although you can bury it with hundreds of rubbish ones – something that due to the popularity of Facebook’s development platform, is in danger of happening.

I wonder if the site will introduce proper five-star ratings for apps, so you can sort through them that way. In the meantime, I’ve been combing through the list of recent new apps to find five worth putting on your profile. Starting with…

This week's Top 10 new Facebook applications: Trackfeeder, Pokemon, Likeness and more…

trackfeeder-facebook.jpgIt’s time for this week’s batch of new Facebook applications to clutter spruce up your profile. New ideas are coming thick and fast from developers, and I’m wondering if we’re going to start to see app-churn, as users realise their profile takes two years to scroll through, and start dumping their least favourite applications.

Anyway, it’s time to speed up that trend by upping our weekly roundup to ten applications. So without further ado, on with this week’s hot picks:

Opinion: I Facebook therefore I am… but when did it get so complicated?

andy-merrett.jpgAndy Merrett writes…

Oh no, not another opinion piece about Facebook?

Yes, Facebook is now almost as ubiquitously talked about in non-geek circles as the iPhone or the iPod, or Potter’s latest escapades.

Irritating isn’t it?

Oh sure, Facebook is now the fastest growing social network for over-25s in the UK (much to the disgust of their kids, I imagine), but when did it start getting complicated?

No, the system’s not technically difficult to use – that’s the whole point and is why you shouldn’t really be taken aback when your gran adds you as a friend, however wrong that might feel socially.

What’s more complicated is managing all these pesky applications.