Android Apps Winners: Lots of Local

Google announced the winners of its Android Developer Challenge contest. There were two categories: $275K and $100K winners. Fifty finalists were competing for the prizes. Twenty developers are dividing the cash awarded.

Among the 10 companies awarded $275K, six have location as a core or significant element. Only one of the $100K winners falls into that category. Among the other announced finalists, 14 out of 30 feature location or have location as a core element. When the iPhone Apps Store initially launched in late July, we surveyed the location-based applications (.pdf file).

Developer challenge apps

Among the more intriguing location-based Anrdoid applications are two that allow users to scan product barcodes in local stores and do price comparisons, as well as determine other stores that may have the product nearby. GoCart and Compare Everywhere offer these capabilities.

The rest of this post is at Local Mobile Search.

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