Android Developer Challenge 2 Kicks Off, $2M Up For Grabs

But you'll have to act fast: Submissions close August 31. Last year's competition unearthed a bunch of cool apps (and location-based services were big), so I'm looking forward to seeing what pops up in September for public judging.

Users of Android devices will be able to grab a special judging app from the Android Market to download, test, and rank entries. The top 20 programs in the following categories (200 in total) go into the second round:

• Education/Reference • Games: Casual/Puzzle • Games: Arcade/Action • Social Networking • Lifestyle • Productivity/Tools • Media • Entertainment • Travel • Misc

In the second round (roughly October), Android users will make up 40 per cent of the vote, with a Google-selected judging panel accounting for 60 per cent of the score. Winners will be announced sometime in November. Prizes will be distributed as follows; all prizes are in USD:

For each of the 10 categories:

• 1st prize: $US100,000 • 2nd prize: $US50,000 • 3rd prize: $US25,000

Overall (across all categories) • 1st prize: $US150,000 (meaning the overall winner will receive $US250,000) • 2nd prize: $US50,000 (meaning the 2nd prize winner will receive up to $US150,000) • 3rd prize: $US25,000 (meaning the 3rd prize winner will receive up to $US125,000)

Full details at the Android Developers Blog. What are you waiting for? [Android]

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