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Which flash website or game do u wanna see on your DROID?

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Had a great time with everyone at yesterdays DROID does flash meetup. The game displayed by Mochi Media was pretty cool and worked great on mobile. Do u have any favorite flash websites or games thay you wish u could view on your mobile phone? Add a comment below.

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Video Streaming Apps Coming to Android?

All the hub-bub yesterday on Twitter was Google’s release of the Android SDK 1.5 Preview, aka Cupcake. Of course, the one feature that I’m waiting for a developer to build upon is the video recording api. Either Seesmic, Qik, Stickam, YouTube, KyteTV, or Ustream should seriously look at building an Android application cause I would use it in a heartbeat! Last year was the year of Nokia and video streaming apps but this year will be Android-based devices with that functionality courtsey of the Cupcake SDK. Stickam this week did come out with a Java-based app on Android but only for viewing purposes so hopefully this new api will lead them in the right direction in their product plans. What do you think? Here are a few questions to start a conversation:

  • Are video streaming mobile apps what consumers are looking for?
  • Is there enough market for them?
  • How much would you pay for a video streaming app?
  • What is the business model for video streaming companies? Add based on the web site or is their ads within the mobile app for viewing their content?

Add a comment below.

For more information on the latest Android SDK release here are a few blogs that I recommend you read. If you have any others post a comment below as well.

-Randy
http://twitter.com/djksar

My Top Free Android Apps on the Android Market

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Been downloading apps via the Android Market and here are my top 5 so far:

  • The Weather Channel – I have Cupertino, Pebble Beach (my wedding location), Albany (Oregon), and Papeete (my honeymoon location).  Really easy to a city and brings in the most recent weather data as well forecast for the next 36 hours or 10 days. One thing I wish it had was photos from that location – why not pull the most recent Flickr photos with that location?
  • Last.fm: Stream your favorite music over the 3G network.  setup is simple and all done via the phone. Up and running within a f ew minutes.
  • Wine-by-the-bar: Scan my bottles at home and at the restaurants so I can keep track of what I’ve been drinking and my notes/rating
  • Meebo: great web-based IM chat client now on mobile. Login in to multiple chat clients including Yahoo! Messenger, AIM, Gtalk, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, MySpace, and Meebo itself.
  • myAccount by T-Mobile:  I can see my current activity, bill summary, and pay directly from my phone – awesome! Now only if the iPhone had this at release then you wouldn’t have seen those 1000 page bills from AT&T.
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Well those are mine since the past week. What are yours? Post a comment on this post or hit me up on twitter @djksar.

-Randy
#android fan & idea generator
http://twitter.com/djksar

What is Android?

One of the best resources on the web I’ve been using recently has been slideshare.net. Everyone is uploading their presentation there from a conference or user group meeting and it turns it into a flash presentation that you can embed into your site (even wordpress.com blogs). Here is one I found titled “What is Android” by Erik Fields from Think Interactive and how it compares to the iPhone SDK in terms of developer platforms and user experience.

P.S. My co-worker and I are hosting an Android developer panel this Friday at 2pm PST / 4pm CST on designing, developing, and distributing your Android app. Tune it live to http://blogtalkradio.com/motodev. Questions will be taken online at http://tinyurl.com/motodev, via twitter @motodev and by calling in during the show at (347) 826-9350. Hope to you can tune in.

Interview with DeviceAnywhere CEO, Faraz Syed

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For those that are building mobile applications one of the key steps in development is testing.  There are emulators out there but sometimes they don’t do just. What happens when you need to test an application in the real-world such as making a call, taking a photo, or using the accelerometer. One option is to buy all the phones, sign-up for the plans, and be out about $500-$1000 a month depending on time spent on the phone, cost of phone, etc…Well, now a company called DeviceAnywhere is offering a great solution to mobile application developers that let them test real live phones within a virtual environment. Developers are charged by the time spent using the phone which is cheaper than buying the phones and the service plans. I interviewed Fayed Syed, DeviceAnywhere CEO and Co-Founder, at EclipseCon 2009 in Santa Clara and talked about their product and what it means to mobile app developers:

-Randy
http://twitter.com/djksar

NPR Station Finder API is Released

Just released this week is an interesting API for those developers / mash-up artists out there.  Announcing the NPR Station Finder API – now you can pass in the zip code (and a few other values) and find the station to hear Car Talk or Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me (my two favorite shows on NPR on KQED in the SF Bay Area). This has great potential for a mobile widget (widget developers check out the MOTODEV Challenge and the VE66 and EM35) where if I am in Chicago for the first time and want to know what the NPR local station is, I just load up the widget on my phone, punch in my zip code I’m in (or if GPS capable phone select my current location) and then viola I have my radio station that I turn the dial too. 
 

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Here is the api information that I pulled from the NPR site:

The following get passed to the Station Finder API, as query string parameters on the base URL (http://api.npr.org/stations.php):

apiKey
The apiKey parameter is required for all API requests. To get a key, you must register. Once registered, you can get and/or change your apiKey from your Account Manager.
Upon registration, your apiKey will be saved to a cookie that will enable the Query Generator to apply your apiKey to your queries

zip
Searches for stations that can be heard in the provided zip code.

city
Searches for stations that can be heard in the provided city/state. When using city, the state parameter must also be used.

state
Searches for stations that can be heard in the provided city/state. When using state, the city parameter must also be used.

callLetters
The call letters are the unique identifiers associated with the stations. This parameter searches for stations that have the provided call letters, or are related to the provided call letters. Can be used with the band parameter to refine the search.

band
The band indicates if the station is an FM or AM station. This parameter searches for stations that have the provided call letters AND band, or are related to the provided call letters AND band. This parameter must be used with the call letters parameter.

network
Searches for stations that belong to the provided network.

lat
Searches for stations that can be heard in the provided latitude/longitude. Both parameters are float values. This parameter must be used with the lon parameter. The system is always expecting the latitude to be a positive value.

lon
Searches for stations that can be heard in the provided latitude/longitude. Both parameters are float values. This parameter must be used with the lat parameter. The system is always expecting the longitude to be a positive value.

id
The unique ID associated with the organization.

 

-Randy