We’re proud to present to you: Buddymob the app!

October 1, 2008

The Google’s Android blog was lucky enough to be contacted by Kiboo, a mobile application development company in Belgium that has developed a new app for the Android called Buddymob. Can you spot Buddymob on the screen:

This multitasking Buddymob application allows you to:

Publish messages

Manage your contacts

Publish a post

Get status updates from friends

Find out where you friends are

Chat with your friends

It has fully customizable settings that allow you to keep your connection even after exiting out of the app!

For more information on this android app, you may visit the Buddymob blog. If you have any specific questions, leave ’em in a comment and I’ll be sure to pass them directly on to the developers.

This is bound to be a cool little app that ties together all of your social networking needs!


EA Games Coming to Your Android

September 27, 2008

A spokesperson for EA Mobile says that, “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.” But don’t get your hopes too high because EA is waiting until the Android App Store allows paid applications, “EA Mobile has elected to wait for the launch of a content billing solution to bring their premier IP to market.”

 

The bottom line:

Initially Android App Store will only be allowing free applications; EA is waiting until they can make you pay for The Sims app, etc. on your mobile phone.

 
Source:
Pocket Gamer


Visa: Everywhere your Android Wants to Be

September 26, 2008

Visa has announced that they are developing an app for the Android App Store that will allow customers to receive Alerts, receive targeted Offers based on recent sales, and use a Locator to find local stores that accept Visa. Users will be allowed to pick and choose from the three options (Alerts, Offers, and Locator) and only enable the ones they want. Users will also be able to cancel out from any of the three options at any time.

Visa is also working with Nokia on the ability to make payments through your mobile device. The Nokia 6212 Classic will have the ability to “make contactless payments, remote payments, money transfers, as well as receive alerts and notifications.” The phone will be available starting next month to financial institutions, and to the general public sometime after that.

The Nokia 6212 Classic.
 

Source:
PC World- Business Center


MobileWe meet Android!

September 25, 2008

At the T-Mobile G1 webcast earlier this week, we were told that there would be no desktop syncing application similar to Apple’s MobileMe. This was a big dissapointment to many eargerly awaiting all the glorious details of the G1. 

Well, here come the heroes: Funambol. In a recently released press release, Funambol says that they will be providing an application for the Android operating system that allows you to “sync and share your contacts from other mobile phones as well as from popular desktop apps such as MS Outlook and webmail such as Yahoo!, Gmail and AOL.”

This third party application that will be available to download from the Android App Store is aptly named MobileWe.

“MobileWe for the Rest of Us means providing easy-to-use sync for Android users,” said Hal Steger, Funambol VP Marketing.

Read the entire press release here.


10 Best Google Android Apps

September 19, 2008

In 2007 Google said they would give $10 million in prizes to software development companies to come up with new and useful applications to run on the Android mobile operating system.

Here we have Google’s top 10 winners:

  1. cab4me- this application allows the user to call a cab using his or her Google Maps application. It uses a GPS system that not only locates the user but also the closest cab company and allows the user to initiate a call with a simple press of a button.
  2. Locale- this application uses the GPS capabilites that Android offers to locate where you are. It then adjusts its settings so that your phone won’t ring during a meeting, can send out a Twitter message to your friends, and can forward your calls to Home or Work all on its own depending on where you are.
  3. PicSay- this is a drag and drop picture editor that can also be used to create invitations and greeting cards.
  4. Softrace- set up a race with your friends and track their progress in real time using GPS!
  5. Tunewiki– allows users to share the music they are listening to and also use Google maps to hear what users all over the world are listening to!
  6. Wertago- allows users to set up dates with their friends, rate their favorite clubs and restaurants and even create personalized profiles!
  7. Life360– allows life360 users to receive alerts from others in their local communities! Alerts can range from a lost pet to emergency alerts or backyard BBQs.
  8. GoCart– allows users to have the latest and best information on products before he or she makes the purchase. GoCart will use GPS to scan the barcode and then send you instant reviews from all over the web on the product.
  9. Ecorio- tracks a users carbon footprint while driving, suggests carpooling and even allows you to purchase carbon credits to invest in carbon reduction projects!
  10. Compare Everywhere– allows users to scan barcodes similar to GoCart, but additionally it allows you to create shopping lists on places like Amazon.com
Source:
Google Code
Network World 

 


Developer’s View on Creating Apps for Android

September 19, 2008

I came across this informative article today from the Upvise blog.  They are one of the first developers for the Android app store and give a first hand account on the process. It’s definitely worth a look. 

Here’s a highlight:

Positive Points:

  • porting was easy because we already have our source code base for Upvise in java, and Android is java based
  • we found that the SDK and the emulator are stable and work well. Note we were using SDK  M5 RC14 (released early March) and not the initial release, which was more buggy.
Negative points:
  • The UI layer, with all the Intents, Views, Activity is overkill. Just look at all the packages and the classes. It is also frustating that is not simply a super set of J2ME with backward compatibility.
  • There is no Gmail client app yet to integrate with. I would have expected Google to have it from the very beginning. We had to implement our own send mail function!
  • Because there is no actual device yet, it is hard to figure out the best way to integration with the keyboard. This is a very important usability test in mobile developement.
Check out the full article here .