Google launches second Android Dev Challenge

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Developers and users around the world are being encouraged to develop and rate innovative applications for Google's Android operating system. Following the recent launch of the Android Cupcake 1.5 version of the platform and the arrival of the HTC Magic handset, Google will kick off a second Android Developer Challenge to bring new and user-approved apps into the market. The last challenge received more than 1,700 entries, which were whittled down to 50 winners. The Android Developer Challenge 2 (ADC 2) will open its doors for entries from the beginning of August. "We've expanded ADC 2 to involve a very important part of the Android community - the users who will be running these applications. Users of Android-powered devices with Android Market will be able to download a special Android judging application and use it to download and rank applications submitted to the challenge," said Eric Chu, on the Android Developers blog. The top ranking applications across the 10 categories will then be assessed by a panel made up of users and Google selected judges. "I've already seen a lot of great apps on Android and I look forward to seeing even more innovative and unexpected cool apps that will come out of this challenge."

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Maggie Holland

Maggie has been a journalist since 1999, starting her career as an editorial assistant on then-weekly magazine Computing, before working her way up to senior reporter level. In 2006, just weeks before ITPro was launched, Maggie joined Dennis Publishing as a reporter. Having worked her way up to editor of ITPro, she was appointed group editor of CloudPro and ITPro in April 2012. She became the editorial director and took responsibility for ChannelPro, in 2016.

Her areas of particular interest, aside from cloud, include management and C-level issues, the business value of technology, green and environmental issues and careers to name but a few.