In October, we asked each of our designers to develop a concept for an Android app. Here, we showcase what they came up with.

If you're curious on how these were put together, keep an eye on the Mint blog where each will have a 'making of'.

Do tweet, blog, share your favourite! We can't wait to hear what you think.

The exciting bit? One of these concepts will get made into an app. We'll announce which one soon.

Thanks for checking out The Android Challenge.

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Visual Feeder

Visual Inspiration on-the-go.

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  1. 1. Home Screen

    The launchboard for your visual feeds.

  2. 2. Add Feeds

    Choose from hand picked sites, add your own or sync with Google Reader.

  3. 3. Visual Stream

    Endlessly scroll through images. Swipe left to favourite.

  4. 4. Visual Stream

    Swipe right to reveal controls. Share, go to source or save.

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What does it do?

Visual Feeder is an RSS reader with a focus on images. It aggregates visual feeds to provide quick bursts of inspiration.

Its simple, intuitive interface lets you endlessly scroll through images. You can select from a curated list of feeds, add your own with the URL or sync with Google Reader. With the ability to save feeds offline, you can keep browsing while underground. Visual Feeders lets you easily share your favourites to social networks. You can even sync items to your DropBox and get to what inspired you back at your desktop.

Who is it for?

Photographers, designers, artists. Visual Feeder is for creative professionals of all kinds. It's also for people who just want a different kind of RSS reader, designed for visual inspiration.

Why should it exist?

Almost all RSS readers are designed the same way: lists of feeds and posts. This is great for reading news, but not so great for images.

Visual Feeder is the answer. No more unnecessary taps to get from item to item. Just a stream of visual inspiration.

Hold That Sound

Audio files from the web to your phone in one step

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  1. 1. How It Works

    Grab audio, save for later, play when you want.

  2. 2. Your Sounds

    Download all, one at a time or stream direct from the web.

  3. 3. Save

    Tracks move to 'Downloaded' as they are saved.

  4. 4. Play

    Play straight from the app. It will even pickup where you left off. We also create a dedicated playlist so, if you prefer, you can listen with any audio app on your phone.

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What does it do?

Hold That Sound lets you send audio files from a web page to your phone. When you come across audio you like on your computer, just click the 'Listen Later' bookmarklet in your browser. The file will appear in the app, ready to stream or download.

No need to fuss with wires or desktop syncing: Hold That Sound does it all over the air. You can even set it to download automatically whenever there's wi-fi.

Complete freedom to listen, when and where you want.

Who is it for?

Anyone who keeps running into great audio on the web but has no time to listen to it right then. It's for the conference goer looking to catch up on great talks. The mixture junkie who wants to keep up with their favourite DJs. It's a simple way to queue it all up for a more convenient time.

Why should it exist?

Getting an audio file from a website to your phone is a pain. You have to download it, plug in your phone and wrestle with the desktop software. Hold That Sound cuts out the hassle and gets the file from the browser to where you want: onto your phone.

This changes how we consume audio from the web. Great online audio goes from being another task to find time for to a treat that fits easily into your life.

Baseball Matchup

Making sense of the stats. Live at the game.

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  1. 1. Select Game

    Choose your game from all the MLB games of the day

  2. 2. Downloading

    You can download the matchup data before you head to the game. The app will work without an internet connection, or even phone signal.

  3. 3. Calibration

    Point your phone to the home plate and both foul poles. This allows the app to draw hit locations relative to your seat.

  4. 4. Game Screen

    See each hit, right on the field. Yellows show base hits, reds show outs.

  5. 5. Roster

    Quickly switch to a new batter or pitcher. Adjust the batting order.

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What does it do?

Baseball Matchup leverages data from previous pitcher & batter matchups to show the locations of hits, live on the field, using augmented reality. Gain insight into why the outfield changes position as the next player steps up. Notice gaps the fielders haven't spotted. Understand why certain batters struggle against particular pitchers.

Who is it for?

Any baseball fan attending an MLB game. Baseball Matchup will help novices learn what to expect while providing a deeper level of insight for the experienced fan.

Why should it exist?

Data visualisation and analysis of baseball has been on our TV screens for decades. Baseball Matchup takes this to the next level, away from the sofa and direct to your seat in the stadium.

PaperClip

Listen to your Instapaper

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  1. 1. Articles to Listen

    Your 'unlistened' items and their track lengths. The equaliser indicates what you started listening to already.

  2. 2. All Your Stuff

    Your Instapaper account seamlessly synced.

  3. 3. Play

    Listen to your articles. Tap controls once to jump a sentence, twice to jump a paragraph.

  4. 4. Controls

    Archive, star, move and share articles.

  5. 5. Settings

    Choose a voice and adjust the speed of reading. Manage your account.

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What does it do?

PaperClip converts your Instapaper articles to audio using text-to-speech. You can choose from a variety of narrators and adjust the speed at which they talk. Everything will be seamlessly synced with your Instapaper account and you can even perform your usual tasks like organising and archiving items.

Who is it for?

Anyone who doesn't manage to find the time to read all the great stuff on the web, even with Instapaper. PaperClip makes it possible to catch up on the walk to work, while jogging, out for a drive, you name it.

Why should it exist?

The problem Instapaper set out to solve inadvertently creates a new one: Making the time to actually read later. PaperClip will help extinguish the read later guilt. It will give you a fighting chance to make a dent at your mountainous Instapaper list, allowing you to catch-up as a secondary activity.