A big factor of what has made the Apple iPhone so successful is not just the phone itself, but rather the countless third-party applications that are being offered in the iPhone store. Now the Google Android operating system, which made its debut last fall with the T-Mobile G1 phone, could soon have a store all its own.
The buzz online is that Google could launch an app store soon, possibly even within the next week. So those sources saying “Q1” weren’t exaggerating at all! Sooner is certainly better. And while the app store may not be up and running yet, there are a few Google Android apps already out there that are worth a look:
1Cast – this is a Web and mobile video broadcast platform, which is a free, ad-supported service. The downloadable app, which is also available for the iPhone, delivers political, sports and entertainment news clips to a handset. Users can choose from a variety of video clips in each category, and these can even be queued up to play in succession. Ad placements includes a mid-roll :15 spot along with static ad companion.
TeleNav GPS Navigator – never be lost again. Starting on February 24, TeleNav will make available its location-based service to T-Mobile G1 owners. This service will also likely be supported on other future Google Android devices. It will provide turn-by-turn directions, traffic alerts with one-click rerouting, business searches from more than 10 million listings, gas prices, weather updates and even restaurant reviews. This downloadable app will be available for a 30-day free trial, while monthly unlimited use is $9.99 a month.
My Tracks – While it sounds like it might be a music program, in fact this is for those who like hiking, biking or running. This application lets you keep track of traveling paths, hence your “tracks.” You can use the information recorded to other users or send the statistics to Google Docs to build a training history.
next Friday for news on the latest mobile apps