Android platform love
Steve Jobs may not think too highly of Android’s platform, but several publishers still do. EA Games (ERTS) has acquired Chillingo, a UK-based game publisher that gained some notoriety from its distribution of Angry Birds. The popular title broke records with two million downloads in its first two days on the Android Market.
Widgetbox also has high hopes for the Android platform, with the launch of a mobile apps creation tool. It’s aimed at businesses seeking a simple solution for creating Android and iPhone apps, complete with QR codes and AdMob integration. Hopefully we’ll see some in-app monetization features in the future, like the ones BlueToad and Papaya Mobile have recently added.
Finally, Intel (INTC) has invested a cool $3 million in Aurora Feint, the company behind gaming platform OpenFeint. Bringing live, multiplayer gaming to the Android, OpenFeint is becoming a powerful and impressive platform. The investment demonstrates Intel’s growing interest in the mobile space, especially as its newer SandyBridge chip is designed for game use.
Google-related apps get the glory
Google (GOOG), however, is still the first to toot its own horn. It’s continuing to branch off some of its applications as standalone Android apps, the latest being YouTube. This follows the Gmail standalone app launch, indicating the company’s desire to focus on dedicated mobile portals for several of its services.
Some Google-related apps have also hit the market today: OntheFly and Logitech’s (LOGI) Harmony Remote. OnTheFly uses ITA, which is the flight search engine software recently acquired by Google, and this Android app can be used for locating flights. Logitech’s Harmony Remote, designed to work with the upcoming Google TV, is currently available for Revue’s set top box.