The week before Mobile World Congress kicked off, Qualcomm announced an open source project for Android, called AllJoyn, that would allow developers to create apps and services that use peer-to-peer (P2P) connectivity. Basically, AllJoyn is a framework that would allow devices in close proximity to connect to one another without the use of a server.
Overall, it sounds a bit geeky and developer-centric, but the project has some serious potential for Android apps–games in particular. The framework would allow true multiplayer gaming in real time without having to rely on spotty networks or Wi-Fi connections. Most of the “multiplayer” games out there today are turn-based, like the popular Words With Friends game.
The project has more than just gaming potential, too. Developers could build secure file-sharing apps, photo gallery apps, extended set-top box functionality and many other possibilities. Check out this quirky demo video below:
Developers who want to contribute to the AllJoyn source code or download the AllJoyn SDK can do so at www.alljoyn.org. It will be exciting to see what the developer community does with this project.
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