Today, Microsoft Australia has crowned its first Australian Windows Phone 7 “App Champion” to the developers of the “Nine Lettuce” word game for the “Dev vs Dev” competition that has been accepting submissions over the past four months.
A panel of five mobile experts from Microsoft, Telstra and the industry chose the wittily-named winner from a range of Australian-based applications judged on creativity, marketability, potential popularity and originality. They’ve certainly worked hard since the winning app along with the five runner-ups are all of very high caliber.
Runners up include Art Spot, a puzzle game; AU Newswire, an Australian news reader; Cell, an arcade game; MIX11, a conference guide; and Pocket Files, a DropBox client. Microsoft also makes honorable mentions to Hungry Bub; Pocket Money; Metro Match; AU FMRadio; Hallucinogen; and MyBikeMap.
The winner is offered the opportunity to attend the Microsoft MIX11 conference next week in Las Vegas (which I’ll also be attending). The runner-ups all receive a complementary HTC 7 Mozart device.
Credits to the Australian developer community for coming up with some great-looking and practical apps.