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NAVTEQ and HTC sponsoring Android development contest

October 21, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka

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NAVTEQ and HTC sponsoring Android development contest

Android developers may want to consider entering the NAVTEQ 2010 Global LBS Challenge, an open competition with more than $8.2 million USD in prizes. Developers across the globe can enter the annual competition, which accepts pre-commercial apps entered from five different regions: Europe-Middle East-Africa, North America, South America, Asia-Pacific, and India.

HTC is a sponsor in the competition for “Best Home Screen Widget Design” that deals with location-based features. Contestants are encouraged to build a widget that takes advantage of Android’s GPS and digital compass features. An innovative widget that improves the mobile experience could earn the winning developer a slice of that multimillion dollar pie. Widgets should be targeted to work on an HTC Hero, so keep this quote in mind:

“Bringing location-based information to the surface of the mobile experience is key for people that want to utilize this information in their everyday lives. This is why we are acknowledging the top HTC Hero Android widgets designed for the NAVTEQ Global LBS Challenge,” said John Wang, chief marketing officer, HTC Corporation. “We are driven by the desire to create mobile experiences that improve how people live and communicate. Personally relevant location-data is vital to a better mobile experience.”

HTC will provide finalists in each region with an HTC Hero. Visit LBSChallenge.com to register and enter the competition. Registration closes November 6, 2009.