Survey: Will Developers Take the Android Challenge?
Following Google's announcement of the Open Handset Alliance (a group of mobile and technology leaders focused on improving the mobile experience) and Android (the first open platform for mobile devices), Google has announced the Android Developer Challenge.
Survey: Will You Take the Android Challenge?
Google is providing $10 million in awards for developers who build innovative applications for Android. There are two challenges actually; one accepting submissions from January 2 through March 3 (2008), and another which will launch after the first handsets built on the Android platform become available in the second half of next year. The 50 most promising entries will receive $25,000 to fund further development. Those selected will then be eligible for even greater recognition via ten $275,000 awards and ten $100,000 awards.
What is going to work on the Android platform? It's really anyone's guess, but Google has outlined some suggested areas to get developers started including social networking, gaming, news and information, use of location-based services, productivity and others.