Android Mixer

Google I/O brought large number of developers to San Francisco during the week of May 19-20. We certainly could not let an opportunity like that go by without connecting with other Android developers. The result was the Android Mixer, which was hosted by Informal Android Developer Meetup and held in the SoMa (that is south of Market Street, for those outside of San Francisco) offices of Twilio. It is really amazing what can be accomplished by mixing Android developers with pizza and beer. It was a great chance for the local developers to introduce the out-of-town developers to the amazing place that is Silicon Valley. Some developers demoed their Android applications for the crowd. A list of some of the demoed apps are listed below. All in all, everyone had a great time and are already looking forward to the next event.


Questions on the demo display software


Several people asked what software was used to display the working apps on the phone onto the computer and then the projector. The free software is called DroidEx. You can get more info on it and how to run the app at

However, Lance Nanek said that Mark Murphy say that Droid@Screen might be better than his DroidEx:



Of course, the Android Mixer would not have been possible without the generosity of the sponsors. Below is a list of the sponsors in attendance at the mixer.


Twilio is a simple, powerful, pay-as-you-go api for making and receiving calls and sending and receiving SMS messages. Twilio lets you use your existing web development skills, existing code, existing servers, existing databases and existing karma to solve these problems quickly and reliably. We provide the infrastructure, you provide the business logic via HTTP, and together we rule the world

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4G WiMAX Developers Symposium


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T-Mobile was happy to participate in last month’s Android Mixer. As the leading provider of Android handsets and Google’s first partner with Android, T-Mobile is always looking for innovative ways to further Android development. Please watch for the launch of our new Android handset this month! Also, as an added commitment to the developer community, T-Mobile has just created a portal designed specifically to give developers discounts on all Android handsets. You can visit this site at We hope to add to this site making it more robust and including the lastest info on all things Android!


Thanks again for all your support and we look forward to seeing you at another mixer soon.



Android Demos

Below is a partial list of the apps that were demoed in alphabetical order by title.



Demoer: Beth Mezias

On the Android Market: Yes


Alarmoid is a service to shut off and then automatically restart sound on Android. Set a timer on the fly, set a schedule. Let the phone ring only for a contact group during quiet time or set it for all calls to vibrate. This is an easy to use, highly configurable app.




Demoer: Adam Beal, Lance Nanek

On the Android Market: Yes



A fun game where you control the traffic lights of various cities and try to save everyone’s commute. The stunning graphics are thanks to having a professional game artist on the team.

Market link for free lite version: market://details?id=com.speknid.autotrafego.lite

Market link for full version: market://details?id=com.speknid.autotrafego




Demoer: Eric Mill

On the Android Market: Yes



“Congress” is a pocket directory for your elected representatives and the bills they make and vote on. It connects to Twitter, YouTube, the news, and other information sources for a comprehensive look into the workings of Congress. For a QR code, screenshots, and more info, visit



Geogad Tours

Demoer: Georgi Dagnall

On the Android Market: Yes



Explore popular travel destinations with audio and video clips. Find nearby tours and tour stops with your phone’s built-in GPS, with the search features of the Geogad application, and with built-in dynamic mapping and directions. Upload video-based tour stops right from your phone. The newest version includes advertisements and coupons for local businesses and an augmented reality view. For more info, go to




Demoer: Sekhar Ravinutala

On the Android Market: Not yet



Call a social huddle: easily set up meetings with your contacts at Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Gmail, and Yahoo!




Demoer: Vinh V. Lam

On the Android Market: Yes



Have you ever been in Location A and wondered what’s going on at Location B? We provide a service to allow you to do just that. How? Our service harnesses the power of social network and mobile apps to let you view live videos of the locations. For example, you can view different restaurants or clubs to see how crowded they are before you go there.




Demoer: Harold Alexander

On the Android Market: Yes



tmi breaks history up into sections and allows the user to select the section they want to delivered to them. Go to for more info



Demoer: Joachim Pfeiffer

On the Android Market: Yes



A transit service browser. Next bus and train arrivals for San Francisco, Portland (OR) and Chicago Bus. For more info, go to







For a Few Dollars Less

The Google Phone is officially no longer vaporware.

At the press conference which showed off the phone, the most important pieces of the phone were announced, its pricing. The price of the phone will be $179, a few dollars less than the $199 iPhone from AT&T. The data plan is also a little less. For unlimited Internet and and limited messaging, T-Mobile will charge $25/month, a few dollars less than AT&T’s unlimited plan at $30.

It seems unlikely that anyone who has enough money to by an iPhone or a Google phone would really notice a few dollars difference. After all, the difference is on the order of a latte or two.

The key difference between the phones at this stage seem to be the programs that third party developers will build for the Google phone and its extremely open platform. Does anyone else think that it is a little strange that the success of Google’s mobile phone will depend on small third party software developers? Maybe Google should just hire a team of the most creative of them and be done with it.

The Future of GooglePhones

T-Mobile has announced that it will have actual, real-life, not-just-virtual phones that run on the new Google Android OS open source platform, better known as the GooglePhone, at the end of the year. 

That’s the good news; the bad news is that T-Mobile does not seem to know what to do with it. They seem to believe that the direction for these new devices will come from the user.

Reading the comments from the panel of people quoted in the article does not help me feel more comfortable that T-Mobile and Google will pull this off. When asked what the killer apps would be, Nedim Fresko, director of strategic platform initiatives at Blackberry maker Research in Motion Ltd. (RIMM), listed security as the biggest thing that customers are looking for. I have to disagree. Customers are not looking for security from the top companies in the world; they expect it without question. They are not looking for it. Just like customers expect that all of the food in the supermarkets have been verified by the government and the food companies, they expect that any application from a major company has been tested and verified safe.

There is nothing wrong with looking for direction from the customer. Tech companies are well-known for releasing updated code frequently as users provide feedback. But phone companies are not known for being flexible and are not known for getting out of the customer’s way to let them experiment. In fact, the “security” concern listed above is more a big company issue with respect to getting sued. It tends to be used by companies for their “Big Brother” concern for their customers and their data.

The biggest issue with the laissez-faire attitude of T-Mobile with respect to the GooglePhone is that this is 180 degrees opposite what Apple did with the iPhone. Apple’s marketing campaign not only made customers want the sleek, shiny iPhone, but it also taught the customer what the iPhone was capable of and making the customer want it even more.

Without that tight interlocking of Apple’s message and customer expectations, would the iPhone have succeeded? Probably, but it would have required much more time to get the same sales result. And it would never have added to the mystic that the Apple name carries with it. 

It sounds like Google and T-Mobile are planning to skip the marketing/educating portion of the GooglePhone release. It sounds like they expect that the message will be delivered by a variety of small tech companies building their own 3rd party apps using the Andoid open source OS. The problem is that such a patchwork of small tech companies with wildly different products will deliver wildly different messages. Will this work for Google and T-Mobile? 

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