May 27, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka
The second version of the Android Developer Challenge has been announced at the Google I/O conference. The first challenge produced some of Google’s most popular apps, like ShopSavvy and Locale, and many hope similar success will occur under the next challenge.
The new developers challenge will take place in two stages, the first being a fan-evaluation stage. Developers can begin sending in their apps in August, though they will be permitted to submit their app into only one of the following categories:
- Games: Casual/Puzzle
- Games: Arcade/Action
- Social Networking
All apps must be in English and run smoothly on Cupcake (Android 1.5)
Android users can apply to be a judge and evaluate and rate app submissions. Google will then take a random selection of ratings to help determine the top 20 apps in each category, which will then create a Top 200 apps that move on to the next round.
The same process will be used in the second round of evaluating and voting, but it will account for only 45% of the judging score. Google’s hand-picked judges will pick up the slack for the final 55% to pick a winner.
For complete rules, timeline, eligibility and awards (top prize is $250,000), visit the Google Code page.