Tom Spring from PC World put together a nice collection of Android apps for T-Mobile’s G1.
The lion’s share of these apps is compelling thanks to their novel use of camera, GPS, communication capabilities – or all combined.
Tom listed 15 Android “killer apps”. I pick 4 apps which could inspire the augmented reality world.
You will judge if they “kill”, Bill.
First step towards user generated Geo tags
BreadCrumbz is a different kind of navigation application.
Navigate-by-Pictures: Navigate your route using pictures instead of a map (there’s also a map, if you like).
Users Create Routes: Easily record routes using your smartphone. Share them with your friends, share them with the world.
City Slikkers is a Pervasive Game (alternatively Location Based Game) which takes place in the real-existing city. It is designed to connect a large number of players through-out the world and change the way the surroundings are seen. The central idea behind the concept is to give people the opportunity to symbolically interfere with the everyday urban environment and come into contact with previously unknown people.
ShopSavvy™ is a shopping assistant developed exclusively for Google’s Android mobile phone platform and is one of T-Mobile’s featured applications in their 2008 US and UK launch. Users can scan the bar code of any product using their phone’s built-in camera. ShopSavvy will then search for the best prices online and through the inventories of nearby, local stores using the phone’s built-in GPS. ShopSavvy won Google’s Android Developer Challenge and is available in Google’s Android Market.
4. Get a Life
Getting folks out of the house is a good thing
Locate your friends and family– LifeAware gives you the ability to create your own network of friends and family members and locate them. Unlike other location services, LifeAware will provide you with their last known location, providing insight even if their phone is off or out of range.
Establish safety zones for family members – Create geographical zones and setup notifications for when a family member enters or leaves the defined zone. Setup a zone to be notified when Johnny arrives or leaves school, or when a loved one arrives at their destination when taking a trip.
Tag locations for yourself or for sharing– Tag locations you visit, or find on the map and share with the members of your network.
Send locations– Send your current location or location of your choosing to friends in your network, or to any email address. Send the favorite meeting place to friend and have them meet you.