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Results for the first round of Google's $10 million-dollar are in, and 50 entrants have walked away with $25,000 each to build their applications. Two themes stood out in the list of winners: location-based services and social networking — many combined both into the one program. There was also a heavy emphasis on end user software — of the 46 applications announced (four of them were kept secret at the request of the developers), only two of them had a productivity/business angle.

The next (and final) round is where the real money is: ten runners-up will win $275,000 and the ten winning developers will pocket a cool $100,000 each. Our money is on the following applications:



AndroidScan: a shopping assistant that compares prices across different stores when you scan the product’s barcode with the phone’s camera. It also presents reviews from Amazon and lets you play sample tracks for CDs.



Diggin: a music player that takes a leaf out of the iPhone's book by emphasising album art as a way to navigate through your music collection, only it goes a step further by letting you design your own record crates.



Locale: an intelligent profile manager that uses GPS to automatically change your phone’s settings (like setting the ringer on mute) when you're at certain locations.



Phonebook 2.0: an interactive next-gen address book that lets you communicate and keep in touch with friends using existing social networks, instant messaging and SMS



SplashPlay: think Guitar Hero, only without the gaming and using your own guitar. A light panel attaches to the guitar and flashes in tune with tutorials on the phone, both of which are wirelessly connected over Bluetooth.



TuneWiki: a music player that streams lyrics in sync with the song that’s currently playing. It also lets you what you're listening to with other people in real-time.



Wikitude: unlike other location-based travel guides that rely on registered users to upload information, this one uses freely-available Wikipedia content, letting you search for information using your current location.
I am really looking forward to Android.
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Uhm... Wow.. This.. Is Amazing and if the phones hardware allows all this in real time without lag omg!! I would pay 500$ for that..
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Uhm... Wow.. This.. Is Amazing and if the phones hardware allows all this in real time without lag omg!! I would pay 500$ for that..
You won't have to - that's the point
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The locale one seems especially nice.
    
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and i just got a new phone.. what the heck

will sell it for this OS tho.. windows mobile bugs me haha
    
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android on the iphone ftw... But I'm sure it will never see the light of day...

These apps are cool.
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Awww....dang, these are so awesome!!! but I just got an iphone...
    
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These are all for the iPhone right?
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Are these phones going to be free? I remember hearing a while back that they were going to be free. Or maybe that was the service? Like limited service for free.
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These are all for the iPhone right?
They are for Google's upcoming Android OS
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