New Android challenge to give away millions

In what cnet is calling an "idol-like" competition, the newest Android developer challenge is sure to produce some popular applications. Andy Rubin says that we can expect to see up to 20 handsets with Android installed on them by the end of the year, and that means big money for popular apps.

In what cnet is calling an "idol-like" competition, the newest Android developer challenge is sure to produce some popular applications. Andy Rubin says that we can expect to see up to 20 handsets with Android installed on them by the end of the year, and that means big money for popular apps.

Applications submitted for ADC2 will compete in the following categories:

  • Education/Reference
  • Games: Casual/Puzzle
  • Games: Arcade/Action
  • Social Networking
  • Lifestyle
  • Productivity/Tools
  • Media
  • Entertainment
  • Travel
  • Misc

In each category, there will be three prizes awarded -- $100,000 for first, $50,000 for second and $25,000 for third.

Then there are the overall winners which will be awarded an additional $150,000 for first, $50,000 for second and $25,000 for third.

Developers who are familiar with Java, and have a great idea for an application that is made for mobile devices, this is a golden opportunity to make some cold hard cash. It's not just the prize money either -- making money in the Android Market should get easier with your exposure.