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.
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.
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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:
- 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.
- 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.
- PicSay- this is a drag and drop picture editor that can also be used to create invitations and greeting cards.
- Softrace- set up a race with your friends and track their progress in real time using GPS!
- 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!
- Wertago- allows users to set up dates with their friends, rate their favorite clubs and restaurants and even create personalized profiles!
- 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.
- 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.
- Ecorio- tracks a users carbon footprint while driving, suggests carpooling and even allows you to purchase carbon credits to invest in carbon reduction projects!
- Compare Everywhere– allows users to scan barcodes similar to GoCart, but additionally it allows you to create shopping lists on places like Amazon.com
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:
- 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.
- 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