Far be it from me to criticize you for what you do in your spare time, but T-Mobile is just the first company that will offer a phone sporting Android. So keep your pants on - if you want.
Google has announced the winners
of the first Android Developer's Challenge.
Some cool sounding apps:
Scan the barcode of any product using Android's built-in camera, GPS and location aware features to search for the best prices from both online and nearby, local stores.
Wish lists will help you stay organized. Save the products you've scanned into categories you define. Build a list for brainstorming gift ideas for the holiday season. Build another list for your own wedding registry. Any list can be shared with your friends on your social networking profile page using Google's OpenSocial API.
Price alerts will inform you when the price of a particular product drops within your range. Get these alerts sent directly to your phone's email inbox. If it's from a local store use the Android phone to call the store directly or even get directions using Android's built-in mapping application. If it's being sold online, use the web browser to buy right from your phone or even email the link to a friend.
Sounds too cool to actually work. Will have to download that one!
Ecorio allows the user to accurately calculate their travel carbon footprint. Given awareness of their travel carbon footprint, the user can take action in three ways: Reduce, Inspire, and Offset. The Reduce section of the application suggests carpooling and public transit alternatives for the trips the user has taken or is planning in the future. The Inspire section lets users share tips or stories on steps they have taken to reduce their own energy consumption. The Offset section allows users to invest in carbon reduction projects and offset their carbon footprint right over the phone.
No details on whether or not keeping the phone in your back pocket will throw off the carbon footprint detector.
Locale allows you to create Situations, which specify Conditions under which your Settings should change. For example, your At Work situation might notice when your location condition is 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, and triggers your ringer volume setting to vibrate. Locale is an innovative way to simplify your life.
Phone detects you are at work, and changes to vibrate only, or that you are in your favorite (but noisy) bar, and sets ringer to loud. Sweet.
BreadCrumbz shows you real pictures of your route as you navigate, in addition to a map. Picture-based routes are easier to understand than map-based routes and are also more detailed, allowing you to do fun things like navigate indoors. You can easily create your own routes by "recording" them with your phone's camera and GPS. When you're done, simply email your route to friends or upload it to the web for the world to see with a single click.
For those times when you're at a show, and you KNOW your friend is there, but you can't find each other.
Teradesk is a virtual file storage and remote file access tool. User files are stored and controlled by the Teradesk Server and transferred in encrypted form to and from the cellphone. Teradesk allows transfers of any size with pause control, resume and full recovery of broken transfers. Whether your battery life ended or your Internet connection crashed there will be no data loss. Smart features permit total control over user disk space and content including hierarchical and relational navigation, file sharing, file versioning, comments on files and folders, GoogleDocs integration and remote access to other devices and computers running Teradesk.
Shit, we've got enterprise apps at work that try to do this - and fail!
Anyway, I'm pissed now. Gotta wait till my carrier gets one (or potentially move to Verizon), and keep this crap Nokia till that happens.
At least I'll probably get to see an HTC Dream (and maybe a couple other phones running Android) in the wild before I have to actually shell out to buy one.