Yesterday we wrote about three new Android apps to come out of Google’s Creative Lab, which at the time we had trouble making sense of as at first glance since they all seemed like trivial products without clear meaning. Now their existence makes more sense with the launch of a new community gallery of apps called Android Experiments.

Android Experiments is, in short, a place where developers can show off apps they’ve built that take advantage of Android software platform and hardware capabilities in some unique way. Any standard puzzle game isn’t going to show up on this site, unless it does something like, say, take place in three dimensional space and require the user to move their phone around in a 360-degree circle to see every side of the puzzle.

There are a couple more requirements to getting your Android app to appear on Android Experiments, though. All the requirements can be found on the submissions page, but the biggest ones include that, as alluded to above, eligible apps need to “explore how we interact with our devices, in small and big ways.” They also need to be open source, meaning the code should be available online for anyone to explore, reuse, remix, and find inspiration from for their own apps.


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