Google I/O day one: 5 coolest apps

We searched the developer 'Sandboxes' and found more than a little innovation in new apps built on various Google platforms

By Mark Sullivan, PC World |  Mobile & Wireless, Android, Android apps

During the first day of Google I/O, I roamed the App "Developers Sandbox" looking for the next big thing in apps. The companies exhibiting their apps were invited by Google, and many are very small companies that have been around only a couple of years. But they've all built something innovative on one Google development platform or another.

Glympse - Gingerbread Tablet App

Glympse (for tablets, Android 3.0) is called a "simple location sharing" app by its chief executive, Bryan Trussel, who is in attendance to demo the product. Using Glympse you can give your friends a "glympse" of where you are and where you are going for a period of time of up to four hours. The glimpse simply displays your location moving on a square of map. For instance a delivery person could send the delivery recipient a glimpse (via e-mail) of his progress making it to the delivery location. A cable installer might send a Glympse to the person who must be at home at the time of the install.

If you want to be more social about it, you can create a glimpse post it on Twitter or Facebook, so that all your friends can track your movements on a map. Because of privacy issues, tracking someone else's cellphone location has always been a no-no, but Glympse deals with this concern by making the maximum glimpse time 4 hours. After that the person being glimpsed must approve more time.

Glympse is also available for iPhone, Windows Mobile, and soon Windows Phone 7.

Springpad - Chrome App, Honeycomb Tablet App

Springpad is designed to help you easily create a reminder for all the things you see during the day, and want to remember, but simply don't have time to write it down. For instance, you're visiting a book store and you see a book you eventually want to read, but it's only on hardcover and too expensive.

Using Springpad running on your Android or iPhone you quickly scan the bar code, and later when the book comes out in paperback Springpad will send you a reminder. If you see something you want to remember online while browsing in Chrome, and you later buy it because Springpad reminded you about it, Springpad gets a cut of the sale. If someone tells you about something you want to remember, you'll have to speak it or type it into your phone or tablet.


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