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Cupcake “Live Folder” feature demoed in video

March 16, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka

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Cupcake “Live Folder” feature demoed in video

Android users waiting on more features to emerge from the Cupcake development branch will probably be happy to see an example of Live Folders. First spotted in HTC Magic photos shortly after MWC, Live Folder is a Cupcake feature that automatically updates content based on defined attributes. A sneak peek of Live Folders was spotted at the official website of BetterAndroid early this morning.

A demo video posted on BetterAndroid previews a Live Folder that grabs stories from news aggregator Digg.com. Opening the Live Folder launches a pop-up window that lists the top stories on Digg; pressing a story then takes users directly to the linked content. Here is the video demonstration.

The source code for this feature is available for developers to download.

As someone who currently has a Digg.com bookmark on his home screen, this is obviously something that I will use. However, what really excites me is wondering what else Live Folders can accomplish. Will we see a New York Times top story folder? How about the most recent posts from an RSS feed or Google Reader account?

What are your ideas for potential Live folders? Post your thoughts about what Android developers should consider building with this feature.