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First Three Official Android Apps Outted?

The Android Guys are at it again. Someone clued them into what could be the first three applications that will be pre-loaded on phones running the Android platform. Unsurprisingly, all three were among the top 50 applications in the Android Developers Challenge.

The Android Guys are at it again. Someone clued them into what could be the first three applications that will be pre-loaded on phones running the Android platform. Unsurprisingly, all three were among the top 50 applications in the Android Developers Challenge.The Android news just keeps flooding in this week. Earlier, we saw engineering drawings of the possible first Android devices, and also were teased with a commercial. Now we've caught wind on three possible applications that will be native to Android phones. The names of the three applications are BreadCrumbz, Eco2Go and Compare Everywhere.

When Android was first announced in late 2007, Google also challenged developers to create some great applications for the platform, and set up a competition. A few months ago we learned which applications made the cut to the final 50. BreadCrumbz, Eco2Go and Compare Everywhere were part of that esteemed list of applications.

Here's the skinny on what each app does:

BreadCrumbz - Create step-by-step visual maps to share with friends and family. You create your route by taking pictures and writing out directions to be posted online. Having a party next month? Give everyone visual markers to look for and show them specifically what to look for and where to turn! You can also view routes that others have created.

Eco2Go - Find out what kind of carbon footprint you are leaving. Quick, handy access to tips and tricks to help lessen your impact on earth and the environment. Do your part by helping to keep things green.

Compare Everywhere - Formally called "Scan", this application seems to have been the favorite program among many tech sites. It's simply product comparison shopping from your Android handset. Take a picture of the UPC code of pretty much any product and find out who is selling it and for how much. Find local stores in your area, read reviews, and create wish list.

OK, so maybe they aren't the most thrilling batch of programs ever created, but it's a start. Google has given no indication of what applications will be pre-installed on Android phones at all. I would assume that the actual handset manufacturer and network operator will have a say in what's there and what isn't. Things we should expect might include a browser, camera and photo software, music and video playback software, location-based services and mapping software, and social networking software.

As we head into the fall, the buzz about Android will only continue to swell. The next few months will be interesting indeed.

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