The Mobile Apps Showdown is heading down the backstretch. With the start of CES only days away, our panel of mobile experts from the NetShelter Technology Media network has selected its ten finalists that will compete in the live portion of Mobile Apps Showdown competition. While the online competition among our 20 fine semifinalists still rages on, only ten mobile apps have earned the right to demo live from the big stage in the Ballroom at the LVCC (Saturday, January 9 at 12:30 in Room N257). The winner will be declared based on audience applause o-meter. Without further ado, we present our ten finalists:
Shazam: What’s the name of that song playing in the bar or on the radio? Music-tagging app Shazam can scratch that itch.
Gwabbit: So slick, so simple. Gwabbit scans incoming BlackBerry emails, finds contacts, and instantly transforms them into contact records within your Outlook address book — all with a single mouse click.
DateCheck: The motto is look up before you hook up. The service is personal background checks sent straight to your phone.
Truphone: iTouch + Truphone = iPhone
BeejiveIM: This app supports just about every instant messaging service out there and keeps you logged into all of them at the same time while letting you hop between chats across multiple services.
TeleNav GPS Navigator: Transform your mobile phone into a walking, talking GPS device. TeleNav includes full-color maps with voice and onscreen turn-by-turn driving or walking directions, plus more than 10 million business listings with ratings and reviews, real-time traffic alerts with one-click rerouting.
SPB Mobile Shell: Give your Windows Mobile phone a facelift. SPB Mobile Shell is a next-generation user interface that boasts 3D animation, Facebook integration, kinetic scrolling, widgets, and multiple usability innovations.
Aha: The first driver-to-driver network, Aha connects drivers to live traffic reports from each other and to relevant information from the Internet. Record and share your own personal traffic reports to help those around you, or listen to a customized traffic channel on the roads you travel.
Clixtr: By creating an instant, location-aware mobile photo-sharing platform, Clixtr enables real-time event browsing by location or popularity. You can follow and contribute to events as they happen around the corner and around the world.
Geodelic: A free application that browses your surroundings, Geodelic lets you swipe through locations on your iPhone or Android phone to quickly find anything from a java joint to a dry cleaner or a cash machine. Over time, the app learns what you like, giving you personalized results.
Meanwhile, the online competition is in full swing. Votes have been pouring in for our 20 semifinalists, and we’ve got ourselves a tight race to determine our people’s choice winner. Perhaps the current leader, ShopSavvy, has benefited from the busy holiday shopping season, but this free barcode scanner application is out in front with more than 19,000 votes. Lurking only 2,500 votes behind in second place is Facade, which bestows a new look upon Windows Mobile phones. And in third place and still within striking distance is Geodelic, a free app that searches your surroundings.
Be sure you get your votes in. Simply head to the Ballot Box and cast your votes for your favorite mobile app or apps. You’ve got 25 votes at your disposal — use them! Voting closes next Friday, January 8, where at CES we’ll announce the people’s choice winner.
At the show, all 20 of our semifinalists will demo live from the Mobile Apps Showdown stage in the North Hall at CES 2010 (beginning on January 7). Stop by and see them — the show will be a constant rotation of apps.