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.
The launchboard for your visual feeds.
Choose from hand picked sites, add your own or sync with Google Reader.
Endlessly scroll through images. Swipe left to favourite.
Swipe right to reveal controls. Share, go to source or save.
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.
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.
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.
Grab audio, save for later, play when you want.
Download all, one at a time or stream direct from the web.
Tracks move to 'Downloaded' as they are saved.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Choose your game from all the MLB games of the day
You can download the matchup data before you head to the game. The app will work without an internet connection, or even phone signal.
Point your phone to the home plate and both foul poles. This allows the app to draw hit locations relative to your seat.
See each hit, right on the field. Yellows show base hits, reds show outs.
Quickly switch to a new batter or pitcher. Adjust the batting order.
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.
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.
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.
Your 'unlistened' items and their track lengths. The equaliser indicates what you started listening to already.
Your Instapaper account seamlessly synced.
Listen to your articles. Tap controls once to jump a sentence, twice to jump a paragraph.
Archive, star, move and share articles.
Choose a voice and adjust the speed of reading. Manage your account.
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.
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.
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.