Yeah, Iâ€™m a little excited while I sit and wait for my T-Mobile G1 to be delivered. During this waiting period that nearly every geek worth their weight in Apple will experience, Iâ€™ve been reading reviews, opinions, development docs, looking up existing applications and so on.
During this time Iâ€™ve been thinking about the things that Google did & didnâ€™t put in the phone. Iâ€™ve been pondering the criticism and the early praise for the device, and Iâ€™ve started thinking about what I want out of the G1, and through this Iâ€™ve come up with a list of possible application ideas for some â€œRock Starâ€ android developers. So here they are.
- Video Camcorder App (since Google left this out!)
- Adobe Flash Player
- Flickr Uploader
- QIK & Seesmic Video Client
- A Slingbox client
- A Kick-But Media Player
- Rhapsody client, iTunes Client, and so on
- Skype, GrandCentral, ooVoo Clients
- Twitter Client
- Facebook (and other social networks) Client that supports pic/vid/audio uploads
- Find a way to use the accelerometer as an input device â€“ specifically for scrolling. (Ok, yes like the information pads from STNG that the crew would simply tilt back & forth to scroll the information on the device â€“ geeky I know.)
- Bluetooth AD2P Stereo Headphone Support
- Bluetooth HID support for keyboards (Specifically my older ThinkOutside Bluetooth Keyboard please!)
- Bluetooth HID support for Mice
- Multi-Touch input drivers (I believe Google didnâ€™t do this because of IP concerns â€“ Iâ€™m probably wrong)
- Google Reader App (Howâ€™d they miss this?)
- Google Docs App (Gearsâ€¦ Hello!)
- Note taking app (Iâ€™d like one that integrates/syncs with Microsoft OneNote, but others like Evernote)
- Full Screen Keyboard
- Blogging client similar to Windows Live Writer
- Weather App (Forecasts, Maps, etcâ€¦)
- Support for email signing/encryption certificates
- Travel App (This one could be cooler than they have been to date: detect location via GPS, set correct time/date, download current weather, look up local restaurants automatically and present by breakfast/lunch/dinner times, download current exchange rates, moreâ€¦?)
Heck, Iâ€™m just listing off things I want â€“ but look at the device and think of the G1 as a PC rather than a phone. Remember, with 3G, GPS, accelerometer, touch interface, camera, access to your Gmail Contacts & Calendar, Maps, etcâ€¦ what could you build using a combination of these hardware and soft resources? What ifâ€¦? Since Android is an open platform, you can replace even the core components of the software suite: dialer, browser, email, input drivers, camera softwareâ€¦ itâ€™s endless.
Ok, now that Iâ€™ve demonstrated that Iâ€™m an Android fan-boy, Iâ€™m going to go back to work. Have fun!