Google has chosen 50 finalists in the Android Developer Challenge, doling out $1.25 million in the process.
As part of a bid to heighten interest in Android, Google's forthcoming mobile operating system, for prospective Android developers to submit their ideas for the platform. A total of 1,788 entries were received from 70 countries.
Android is envisioned as a mobile phone operating system for mass-market phones, not necessarily smart phones like the iPhone or BlackBerry Bold. Google and its partners in the Open Handset Alliance hope to release phones running the software in the second half of this year, between Google and its partners.
Google said 4 companies chose to remain in stealth mode, and therefore aren't listed below. The finalists have until the end of June to submit their entries for the final round of judging, during which Google will award ten $100,000 prizes and ten $275,000 prizes. I pulled together as many Web sites as I could find for the winners; if I missed yours, please leave a comment below or send me an e-mail, and I'll be glad to include it.
AndroidScan - Jeffrey Sharkey
Beetaun - Sergey Gritsyuk and Dmitri Shipilov
BioWallet - Jose Luis Huertas Fernandez
BreadCrumbz - Amos Yoffe
CallACab - Konrad Huebner and Henning Boeger
City Slikkers - PoroCity Media and Virtual Logic Systems
Commandro - Alex Pisarev, Andrey Tapekha
Cooking Capsules - Mary Ann Cotter and Muthuselvam Ramadoss
Diggin - Daniel Johansson, Aramis Waernbaum, Andreas Hedin
Dyno - Virachat Boondharigaputra
e-ventr - Michael Zitzelsberger
Eco2go - Taneem Talukdar, Gary Pong, Jeff Kao and Robert Lam
Em-Radar - Jack Kwok
fingerprint - Robert Mickle
FreeFamilyWatch - Navee Technologies LLC
goCart - Rylan Barnes
GolfPlay - Inizziativa Networks
gWalk - Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus ten Hagen, Christian Klinger, Marko Modsching, Rene Scholze
HandWx - Weathertop Consulting LLC
IMEasy - Yan Shi
Jigsaw - Mikhail Ksenzov
JOYity - Zelfi AG
LifeAware - Gregory Moore, Aaron L. Obrien, Jawad Akhtar
Locale - Clare Bayley, Christina Wright, Jasper Lin, Carter Jernigan
LReady Emergency Manager - Chris Hulls, Dilpreet Singh, Luis Carvalho, Phuong Nguyen
Marvin - Pontier Laurent
Mobeedo - Sengaro GmbH
Multiple Facets Instant Messenger - Virgil Dobjanschi
MyCloset - Mamoru Tokashiki
PedNav - RouteMe2 Technologies Inc.
Phonebook 2.0 - Voxmobili
PicSay - Eric Wijngaard
PiggyBack - Christophe Petit and Sebastien Petit
Pocket Journey - Anthony Stevens and Rosie Pongracz
Rayfarla - Stephen Oldmeadow
Safety Net - Michael DeJadon
SocialMonster - Ben Siu-Lung Hui and Tommy Ng
Sustain- Keeping Your Social Network Alive - Niraj Swami
SynchroSpot - Shaun Terry
Talkplay - Sung Suh Park
Teradesk - José Augusto Athayde Ferrarini
The Weather Channel for Android - The Weather Channel Interactive Inc.
TuneWiki - TuneWiki Inc.
Wikitude-the Mobile Travel Guide - Philipp Breuss
Writing Pad - ShapeWriter Inc