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The Android Developer Challenge is a Google-sponsored program that will provide $10 million in total awards for the best mobile apps built on the Android platform.
A thriving developer community will be an important part of creating better mobile experiences that delight users around the world. We want to support and recognize developers who build great applications for devices based on Android.
There will be two parts to the Android Developer Challenge. Android Developer Challenge I will accept submissions from January 2 to April 14, 2008. The Android Developer Challenge II will launch after the first handsets built on the platform become available in the second half of 2008.
We welcome all types of applications but are looking to reward innovative, useful apps that make use of Android's capabilities to deliver a better mobile experience. Here are some suggested areas of focus to get you started:
The $10 million in awards will be given out as cash awards -- no strings attached. The total will be distributed equally between the Android Developer Challenge I and II. In the Android Developer Challenge I, the 50 most promising entries will each receive a $25,000 award to fund further development. These 50 entries will then be eligible for even greater recognition via ten awards worth $275,000 each and and another ten worth $100,000 each.
We will announce the structure for Challenge II at a later date.
Judging of submissions will be by panels of Open Handset Alliance members and/or mobile experts. More information on the judging criteria will be available in the Terms and Conditions when they are made available, which will be on or before the date the submission page is made available to developers.
Yes. Of course, quality over quantity is what we recommend.
Developers retain all intellectual property and other rights to their applications while granting Google a license to evaluate and test the application for purposes of the Challenge as well as a license to display the application to promote the Android platform. More information will be provided when we make the Terms and Conditions available.
Applications may be built in any language, but submissions must at a minimum support English language use.
No, participants in the Google Summer of Code are not eligible for the challenge because they are considered to be under contract by Google.
Applications must be submitted by 23:59:59 (GMT/UTC -7), the day of the deadline (1 second before the date changes in Mountain View, CA, USA).
All submitted applications should be written in the Java programming language.
You may submit an application built using any SDK version. When you are ready to submit your application, please clearly indicate he SDK version that you've used and your application will be evaluated in relation to that specific SDK version.
Yes! We will be accepting submissions and resubmissions through the deadline on April 14, 2008. In fact, we encourage you to update your application to take advantage of new features that will be released with new versions of the SDK.
Yes. When submitting a framework, please submit it as it would be presented to an end-developer, including all documentation, samples, and supporting code.
Yes. However, please ensure that the server is publicly available so that the client application may be tested as it is intended for the user experience.
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