Google names Android Developer Challenge winners

Three months after whittling its Android Developers Challenge to 50 finalists, Google formally announced the winners of the event. Out of 1,788 total submissions, the final phase of the competition awarded $275,000 prizes to 10 teams of finalists and $100,000 prizes to another 10 entrants. Below are the 10 Android apps that claimed $275,000 each, followed by their respective developers and descriptions:

  • cab4me (Konrad Huebner, Henning Boeger): "Ever been looking for a cab? cab4me is the answer. Anywhere. Anytime."
  • CompareEverywhere (Jeffrey Sharkey): "Shop smarter using your phone. Compare prices, read reviews and connect with local stores."
  • Ecorio (Jeff Kao, Gary Pong, Robert Lam, Taneem Talukdar): "Ecorio automatically tracks your mobile carbon footprint, suggests transit and carpooling alternatives and lets you stay carbon neutral by offsetting your trips easily."
  • GoCart (Rylan Barnes): "Scan a product's barcode with your phone's camera and view all the best prices online and at nearby, local stores."
  • Life360 (Chris Hulls, Dilpreet Singh, Luis Carvalho, Phuong Nguyen, Steve Potell): "From major natural disasters to little things like your child wandering away at the mall, there is a lot you might worry about. Life360 can help."
  • Locale (Carter Jernigan, Clare Bayley, Jasper Lin, Christina Wright): "Locale is an advanced settings manager that automatically changes your phone's settings based on conditions, such as location."
  • PicSay (Eric Wijngaard): "Easy to use image editor that enables you to quickly personalize your pictures and share them with friends or photo sites."
  • Softrace (Staffan Kjellberg, Thomas Kjellberg): "Turn your workout into a thrilling race and challenge the world in real time."
  • TuneWiki (TuneWiki Inc.): "TuneWiki Social Media Player, is an advanced player, featuring synchronized lyrics for audio or video, translation, music maps and a social network."
  • Wertago (Kelvin Cheung,Teresa Ko, Peter Ree, Robert Sarvis, Douglas Yeung): "The mobile application nightlifers have been waiting for. Find the hottest parties in town and connect with friends and others all night long."

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