Sprint just doled out $50,000 to five different Android developers as part of the 4G App Challenge. Designed to build momentum around their growing 4G network, Sprint and a few other partners that include WIRED, Reddit, and Ars Technica kicked off the contest back in September. Developers were asked to submit their apps in one of five categories (Entertainment, Productivity, Gaming, Social Networking, and Multimedia.
Winners received not only the $50,000 in cash, but a handful of other goodies. Each grand prize winner also gets either an HTC EVO 4G or Samsung Epic 4G with one year of Sprint service, a one-year membership to the Sprint Professional Developer Program, and an invitation to WIRED’s VIP party during the 2011 International CES in Las Vegas. Hit the break to see the list of winners, which includes our very own Carmen Delessio!
- Andrei Goumilevski, Tallahassee, Fla. – NASAImages (Entertainment): NASAImages showcases 4,000 space images from the NASA APOD site. Because the images are large, Sprint 4G enables customers to download them quickly.
- Rob Miley, St. Charles, Mo. – Say What? Mobile Game (Gaming): Say What? is the mobile version of the kids game Telephone, where one person whispers a phrase in someone’s ear and then that person would repeat what they heard to the next person. Once the game is complete, players can hear the beginning and ending phrase. Players are randomly connected to active games. Interaction with the app and the game server is frequent, so the Sprint 4G Network provides a fast and reliable Internet connection for optimal play.
- Rajan Singh, San Jose, Calif. – Recipe Search (Productivity): Recipe Search is a reverse recipe finder app. The user simply speaks the ingredients they have in their refrigerator or pantry and they will see a display of meals with directions that they could cook. Sprint 4G will reduce latency and deliver results quicker.
- Carmen Delessio, Pound Ridge, N.Y. – BFF Photo – Facebook Upload (Social Networking): BFF Photo brings Facebook photos to the user’s phone. Consumers can use the app to view photo albums, friends’ albums and take and upload photos and videos. The app fully uses the bandwidth and reliability of the Sprint 4G Network to manage the connection to Facebook and the speedy media download to the customer.
- Jason Shah, Chicago, Ill. – Mediafly (Multimedia): With Mediafly Mobile, users can organize and discover podcasts, audio, video, radio and streams from their Android phone. The Sprint 4G Network makes watching streaming video on this app easy and enjoyable.