Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Android Developer Challenge Start!

By Benedict Wee

Okay, its been months since the HTC Magic was released to us Kiwis and we still don't have the paid Market. This might discourage our local developers from creating apps for Android (since they can't make a living out of goodwill) but the recent announcement of Google's annual Android Developer Challenge might entice them to program something for the mobile OS.

Unfortunately though the submission date is the 31st of August, 11:59 pm US Pacific Time so if you're thinking about developing something then you best hop to it. Maybe you can convert the app you've developed for the Microsoft 'Race to the Market' competition.

Here are some of the details:

Developers will submit their apps to one of 10 specially-designated categories.
  • Education/Reference
  • Games: Casual/Puzzle
  • Games: Arcade/Action
  • Social Networking
  • Lifestyle
  • Productivity/Tools
  • Media
  • Entertainment
  • Travel
  • Misc
The top 20 applications in each category will go into the second round which will be judged one more time before a winner is announced.

The top 3 of each of the 10 categories will be awarded a cash prize:
  • 1st: US$100,000
  • 2nd: US$50,000
  • 3rd: US$25,000
In addition, the top 3 overall applications across all categories will get an additional prize:
  • 1st: US$150,000 (making it US$250,000 in total)
  • 2nd: US$50,000 (making it US$150,000 in total)
  • 3rd: US$25,000 (making it US$125,000 in total)
Android users who aren't participating can choose to judge the applications via a client/scoring app which will be made available in the Market in September.

The first round of judging is expected to end in October with the last round happening in November.

Full contest details can be found here.

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