As you know, the first round of the Android Developer Challenge is over. More than 1,700 entries was reviewed by 100+ judges in the past week. Now the results are finally announced by the ADC team.
Entries were judged on the following criteria: Effective Use, Polish, Indispensability, Originality.
Out of over 1700 submissions, the Whiteboard is in the top 25% overall, as well as top 25% for Effective Use, Indispensability and Originality. We believe this it is a great result which will help us to move the product forward.
Whiteboard (working title) is a social application enabling ad-hoc groups to make mobile sites to share info and track status of group members.
Most of today’s social services and applications are focused on communications within the wide circle of friends. That’s cool, but sometimes you only need the small group of people to share with. Like if you go for a trip and you want to show some pictures with only your family. Or you are on a project team. Or the classmates are planning a party, and etc. This is what the Whiteboard is focused on: small ad-hoc groups (< 15 people) using a mobile site to share information and discuss their events.
Shared online site to create notes and post comments
Three types of attachments supported: images, sounds & Google maps
User status enriched with a geo-location mark
Real-time event notifications for group members
Site history - easy to use time bar to find events from the past
A prototype application, Family Whiteboard (focusing on family needs) is implemented for Google Android platform. It also going to be submitted for Android Developers Contest.
Future plans include a version for iPhone/iPod Touch and possibly other mobile platforms (Windows Mobile, Symbian).