There’s no arguing that Android is a pretty flexible operating system, allowing users to create apps and customize their devices how they want. Google has launched the Android Experiments website which builds on Android’s open platform by allowing creators to submit their Android experiments to the site for others to try out.
Experiments range from those developed for phones, tablets, watches, and other devices and use everything from the Android SDK to Unity, IOIO, Cinder, Processing, Chrome Apps for Mobile, and openFrameworks. Visitors to the site can view projects based on each of these technologies.
One of the cool features of Android Experiments is that anyone can submit their project to the site – regardless of skill level. Google has outlined some basic guidelines and recommendations for those looking to share their projects on the site.
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR
- Innovative use of new or unique features of the Android platform
- Projects that explore how we interact with our devices, in small and big ways
- Unique and extraordinary visual aesthetics
- Open source projects that can inspire other developers
- Surprise us – we want to see the amazing things you’re cooking up.
- Show something shiny right away
- Remove visual distractions that aren’t part of your experiment
- Keep it simple, but make it worth the download
- Imagine how others can get the most out of your project – be clear in how you document your project and your code
- Don’t require the user to create or log into an account
- Ask for as few permissions as possible
- Avoid whitelisting particular Android devices, but it’s okay if your experiment works better on some devices—just let us know
- Don’t use too much battery or data without warning
- Please be patient as reviews can take several weeks
Your experiment should work on Android 4.4 (KitKat) and higher. It’s okay if it’s targeted toward specific devices. Just let us know. Please only upload material that you own or have a license to use.
If you’re an Android developer, let us know what you think about the new Android Experiments project and website in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.