Google Welcomes Devs’ Android Experiments: Innovation Through Android
Our forums over at forums.xda-developers.com are a live embodiment of the creativity and invention that flow in an open environment. What originally started off as a site for tweaking around pocket PC’s and PDA devices is now home to more than 2.6 Million threads, 58.8 Million posts and 6.65 Million registered users; all of which generally revolve around employing creative ideas and thoughts to make better use of our modern smartphones.
To celebrate this very spirit of creativity and free thinking, Google has launched Android Experiments: a site showcasing innovative and inspiring projects on Android, one of the world’s most popular open and flexible platforms.
As outlined in their blog post announcement, the starting 20 initial “experiments” demonstrate a broad range of works which make use of platforms such as the Android SDK and NDK, Android Wear, the IOIO board, Cinder, Processing, OpenFrameworks and Unity to bring out more ways interaction with our devices.
There is more to Android Experiments than being a site that features a few works. The website is intended to be just a beginning, as it aims to inspire more and more people to get creative with technology and code and to push the limits of possibilities with what we can do with our smart devices.
Today is just the beginning as we’re opening up experiment submissions to creators everywhere. Whether you’re a student just starting out, or you’ve been at it for a while, and no matter the framework it uses or the device it runs on, Android Experiments is open to everybody.
If you have a “creative experiment” of your own that runs on Android and would like to share it with the world, Google invites you to submit it over here, with the end goal being documentation as well as open sourcing the experiment in hopes that it will inspire others to create their own. All experiments are welcome, irrespective of the creator’s skill level, the framework it uses or the device it runs on (as long as it is on Android).
All of the experiments that feature on the Android Experiments website will be open source, with code made available on GitHub. Also, the apps will be made available for download via Google Play. As a side note, the submission procedure does state that your experiment should work on Android 4.4 and higher, and only materials for which you have ownership rights or are licensed to use should be uploaded.
Did any of the existing experiments inspire you to create your own? Do you have an experiment worthy of making its way to Google’s Android Experiments gallery? Let us know in the comments below!