So You Want to Develop Apps for Android


In this month's Wired Magazine, writer Erin Biba listed 10 popular mobile applications that make the most of GPS location technology. The apps included:


  • Trapster, a free program that allows users to share the location of police speed traps.
  • ShopSavvy, which allows users to scan a barcoded item in-store and then check online and at other stores nearby to see where the item can be bought cheapest.
  • GoSkyWatch, an iPhone app that pinpoints where you are, then checks the current date and time to figure out what stars are above you. To get the name of a given cluster, just point the back of your phone toward it and, thanks to the iPhone's internal accelerometer, that constellation and its moniker will appear onscreen.


These three apps are just a taste of what is already available in the mobile app realm. There are hundreds of mobile applications for devices such as the iPhone, BlackBerry and Android phones. Even a nine-year-old kid has gotten into development by creating an app that allows users to draw shapes in random colors and then clear their work with a shake of the phone. Since its launch two weeks ago, the free program has attracted more than 4,000 downloaders.


IT Business Edge contributor David Kelly has created an Android Applications Support Checklist for IT professionals to get some perspective on how to get started developing with the Android platform.