Today we witnessed a showdown of epic proportions, the Mobile Apps Showdown sponsored by NetShelter and Living In Digital Times. Our very own Simon Walker was one of the judges selected to help narrow down the playing field to ten apps that were then voted on by not only voters online, but also the audience present at the show. There were several apps to vote for that covered all of the platforms, but in the end only two were crowned winners. Here’s a quick run down on the ten finalists.
1. DriveSafe.ly 2.0, an app that aims to protect drivers from their own text-hungry fingers.
2. IDEAL Item ID, a free, open source, talking barcode reader and barcode maker that allows the visually impaired to identify things..
3. Line2, which adds a second number to your iPhone or Android phone.
4. ooVoo Multiparty Mobile Video Chat, a video chat service with both video and voice calling that can accommodate up to six people.
5. Pageonce Personal Finance, which allows you to stay atop many of your personal finance accounts and all from a single place.
6. Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite, a full-featured productivity suite to view and edit Microsoft Office documents.
7. Twonky Mobile, streams personal and online media from your Android phone to any Web-connected gadget or device.
8. SwiftKey, one of the smartest and swiftest predictive keyboards we’ve seen for a mobile device.
9. WebMD Mobile, which brings to the smartphone the medical resource site’s top tools, including its Symptom Checker, a comprehensive drug, supplement and vitamin treatment database, and essential first aid information.
10. iHealth BP Monitor, the first medical peripheral for iOS
The ten finalists were each given four minutes to present their case to the audience on why their app should win. Some of the presentations were pretty entertaining, one in particular even found an interesting way to raise the blood pressure of two volunteers. The show was hosted by none other than Gary Dell’Abate and Jon Hein of the Howard Stern Wrap Up show and they were able to provide plenty of entertainment. The audience was asked to clap and cheer for their favorite and the winner was based on the app that reached the highest decible level in the specially miked room.
While online voting determined that Line2 was the winner, DriveSafe.ly2.0 was the official winner of the show at CES and is available in the Android Market. So, did you vote and let your voice be heard? Check out the gallery bellow for photos from the event.