CDM on Android music

CDM also have a post on music applications under Android. To date I’ve really ignored the Android platform as I had assumed that there wouldn’t be any music apps for some time on it. It looks like the first real app might be appearing and Peter at CDM is cooking something up too, so perhaps I’ll need to give it some closer attention.

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Brighthand on the T-Mobile G1

An interesting post from Brighthand. The thing that I found strangest was the limitation of 70mb for all 5rd party apps. Why would you do that?

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PocketGear to develop AndroidGear site

PocketGear have plans to develop a store specifically for Android apps. The site will be ‘AndroidGear’ of course! It’ll be interesting to see how this will pan out over time and whether having multiple purchase points will benefit the Android platform.

Griff comments on Android and mobile music

Planet Griff doesn’t think too much of Android’s ability to cater for mobile music making. This is largely based around the fact that apps for Android are java based which is generally to slow to do anything too creative.

It is a shame really as Android is open source. Perhaps Google will do something with it in the long run. Who knows.

Google Android music app: Rayfaria

This is a story about a developer from Perth Australia who has won $120,000 for developing a music game app for Google’s Android platform. The app is called ‘Rayfaria’.

I think it is interesting not only that one of the first apps o this platform will be a music app (albeit a game), but that a music app won one of the prizes from Google.

Android arrives 22nd Oct

This is all over loads of blogs and sites at the moment. Who knows what it will mean for mobile music making, I guess we’ll have to see if there’s any developer interest for this device and subsequent ones. However, at least one developer says that Android will be far more difficult to work with:

“Do I want to be spending six months to write the game, and another six months making it compatible? If I had Trism available for Android,” says Demeter, “and there are 50 Android devices and every time one of them crashes [the users] contact me, do I want that?”

This from the development of Trism.

Personally I’d like to see lots of music apps for Android, and maybe even a version of StyleTap to run on it?

Android Market

This post at Brighthand shows the difference between the Apple App Store and the Android Market. So, what is the difference? Well, I guess that the market is more about an “open and unobstructed environment”, and I suppose a store is fairly proprietorial.

It will be interesting to see how Android develops and what kind of hardware is available. As for music apps on the new platform things are not too certain as yet from the comments I’ve seen from developers.

Why is Android important?

Well, if nothing else then how about the $10 million in funding for developers?

Here’s what Brighthand has to say:

“… To give people more incentive to create software for the Android platform, Google has launched the Android Developer Challenge, which will provide $10 million in awards for great outstanding applications. The award money will be distributed equally between two phases.

Android Developer Challenge I will run from January 2 through March 3, 2008. The 50 most promising entries received will each receive a $25,000 award to fund further development. Those selected will then be eligible for even greater recognition via ten $275,000 awards and ten $100,000 awards…. “

Android from Google…

Google announces that it is developing an open source OS for mobile devices (phones essentially). What will this mean for mobile music? Who knows at this point, They say that the first devices supporting it will appear in the second half of next year.

Cool name for an OS though.

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