Feb 19 AT 7:40 PM Taylor Wimberly 42 Comments

Introducing Android Bounty – UPC Torrents

I’m not really one for astrology, but I had some spare time to burn while waiting on the pop-a-lock guy today at lunch.  As we have been planning for this site and adding new features, a lot of crazy ideas have been tossed around.  Some feel almost too big to tackle right away.  Imagine my surprise when I read the following on the DailyHoroscope app for Android.

You’ve been excited about a new project or goal you want to get started on. But you haven’t started it yet — even though you’ve been talking about it for a long time now. And people are starting to wonder if you’re someone who follows through with their promises. It’s time to get going and put your energy into making your ideas a reality. Put things in motion today. Because if you don’t, you could get a reputation for being flaky. Don’t risk it.

Which brings me to today’s announcement.  Android and Me is proud to launch our first promotion we are calling Android Bounty.

Android Bounty is an exciting new idea designed to bring customers the apps they are craving for.  The system is very simple.  Users submit original ideas for apps they would like to have and then pledge money toward the potential developer who will create the app.  Ideas are voted up by other users in the community by the amount of money they pledge.  When a working app is submitted, the dev is then able to claim the bounty.  The dev can release the app however he sees fit, but anyone who pledges will receive a free copy.

The aim of this program is to foster new ideas and push the Android platform to its limits.  With the open source platform of Google Android, anything is possible.  These are some of the benefits participants will be able to enjoy.

Customer Benefits

  • Watch your ideas turn into real apps.  User who submits original idea will receive recognition.
  • Contribute to the development of an app by suggesting features and testing submissions.
  • Receive a free copy of any app you pledge to.

Developer Benefits

  • Review of your app featured on Android and Me.
  • Free web services to market your app, including web design, domain name, and hosting (Courtesy of ClarkLab)
  • Retain full rights to your app to distribute however you see fit.
  • Launch your app with an already engaged user base.

As the project evolves and pick up community support, we will be running several bounties at the same time.  We will place limits on the number of simultaneous ideas until we refine the process.  A separate section will be created on this site that will only feature Android Bounty content.  Now lets reveal our first bounty.

Bounty Name: UPC Torrents

Current Pledge: $90 USD (contact us to pledge more)
Submitted By: Taylor Wimberly
Purpose: A simple app to scan UPCs and match them with torrent files.
Bounty Sponsors: Android and Me, ClarkLab, Backngear (your name here…)

Summary:  Earlier this week we posted a story Torrents and Google Android which explored the current possibilities available to G1 users.  All the pieces already exist for this app to happen; someone just needs to glue them together.  We do not condone piracy; this is mainly a proof of concept app that will encourage the idea for legal purchases.

Getting Started: If you want to try your hand at developing this, use whatever method you want to achieve the requirements.  Here are a few hints for getting started.  To the right you will see a video demonstration of the OilCan app which is just Greasemonkey for the Android Browser.  Using intents, you can insert a button to launch the program Barcode Scanner.  After that all you have to do is parse the results to a torrent search engine and give the user choice over which torrent file to select.  The file can then be transfer to a home PC running the uTorrent client with webUI configured.

Requirements needed to claim Bounty:

  1. Scan DVD UPC and lookup result.
  2. Send result to torrent search engine.
  3. Allow user to select torrent file from their tracker of choice.
  4. Locate torrent file and send to webUI of uTorrent.
  5. No keyboard entry should be required from user.

Anyone wishing to participate in this first Bounty, please contact us or leave a comment.  You can also contact us if you wish to submit an idea for a future Bounty.  We would love to hear your feedback, criticism, suggestions, or praise on anything mentioned here.

Taylor is the founder of Android and Me. He resides in Dallas and carries the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One as his daily devices. Ask him a question on Twitter or Google+ and he is likely to respond. | Ethics statement

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